Popular Ghanaian Local Drinks and Beverages

There is nothing refreshing than a cold drink or beverage anytime you are experiencing the hot Ghanaian climatic condition. The type of drink or beverage that is popular in Ghana varies from place to place.

Most drinks and beverages take advantage of the region’s array of tropical fruits as well as staple crops of which some you might not have heard of. There is the tendency for the water used to produce ice to cool beverages and drinks to be contaminated so there is the need to be concerned. Check out the following drinks and beverages in Ghana.

Cinnamon Flavored Fresh Ginger Juice

This is one of the easiest but healthy juices you can make and can be served either chilled or hot with a touch of warm water. There is the assurance that this type of juice can be easily obtained in Ghana because its ingredients (ginger, cinnamon, lemon, sugar and clove) can be gotten with ease across Ghana. Not only is it a juice but having a lot of health benefits.

A visit to Ghana is incomplete without trying bisaab/sorrel which is a common non-alcoholic beverages enjoyed in almost every part of the country especially in the North. Bisaab has even become the favorite of many and preferably served under many occasions. Do not hesitate to request for bisaab (sobolo) whenever you stopover any hangout in Ghana.

Due to the abundance of fresh fruits which includes pineapple, citrus, mango, water melon, fruit-based juices are popular throughout the regions of Ghana. There is no excuse to visit even a luxurious hangout of your choice in Ghana because there are varieties of fruit juices that are sold at an affordable price to give you a refreshing treat.

This beverage can be made from Ghanaian traditional kenkey, sugar, ice and the option (but preferred) of milk and peanuts. It can be refrigerated into what is in Ghana known as iced kenkey. Give it a try in the heat of the summer when you want something cool to satisfy.

In south Ghana, Ghanaian drinks such as asaana (made from fermented maize) are common. Along the Lake Volta and south Ghana, palm wine extracted from the palm tree can be found, but it ferments quickly and then it is used to distil akpeteshie (a local gin).Akpeteshie can be distilled from molasses too.

Coconut water is the ultimate thirst quencher and offers a tasty alternative to water. This pure liquid is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. Coconut is cultivated globally of which Ghana is of no exception. Don’t forget to taste freshest coconuts anytime you are in Ghana most especially at beach resorts.

Have you observed that the yogurt section of most grocery stores has practically taken over the dairy lane? It’s getting harder to find more traditional dairy foods, such as cottage cheese and sour cream, milk, butter. But it only makes sense that a food with as many health benefits as yogurt be given prime real estate in the shops. Icy cup offers you with freshest and nutritious yoghurt in parts of Ghana. Locate icy cup on Ghana’s no.1 geotechnological site.

As a result of many ethnic groupings, there is absolutely no doubt Ghana has indeed been blessed with many beverages but the challenge has been with preservation and packaging.

Due to the above stated limitations, those who have climbed to the top of the social ladder found it challenging to consume such products for several years. Hopefully, Brukina being one of the beverages of northern origin has undergone a great transformation much to consumer’s pleasant amazement.

Initially, steamed millet cum cow milk and sugar beverage, had to be fetched from a container into polythene bags when one wanted to drink brukina, then it progressed to plastic bottles being the vessel with its attendant health scares but that has changed with the beverage now having its own bottle and preserved to stay longer.

Brukina is now consumed by people from all walks of life in Ghana so why not give it a try whenever you are in Ghana?

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Written by Mike Bisho

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