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WWhen you visit foreign shores, one of the novelties is sampling drinks unique to that country. From soft red tea leaves and fermented milk to home-made beers and pub-favoured shooters, these are some of South Africa’s finest drinks.

Here are 11 of South Africa's favourites, not all of which are alcoholic...

Umqombothi

Umqombothi is a traditional beer. Made from corn, it is high in vitamin B and has a lower alcohol content than most commercial beers. This beer is usually drunk in a communal setting where the drink is shared between friends and family. In the past, umqombothi was only drunk by men, despite having been made by the women. Visit The Beerhouse for a taste of this traditional beer.

Witblits

Afrikaans for “white lightning” (and also known as firewater), witblits is a grape-fermented amateur brandy that definitely packs a punch. It’s mostly produced and consumed in the Western Cape and is our version of American moonshine. Grundheim Wines in the town of Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, makes traditional witblits to taste and purchase.

Mampoer

Mampoer is the fruitier alternative to witblits, and is made from peach, apricot, litchi and other available fruits. It is said to be named after the Pedi Chief Mampuru, and is most commonly consumed in the northern parts of South Africa, though it can also be bought online. Groot Marico is a good place to try mampoer in South Africa.

Did You Know?
UUmqombothi is cheaper than commercial lager beers, which are brewed from barley and flavoured with hops flowers.

Amarula

This sweet and creamy liqueur can be added to anything from Irish coffee to ice cream, or simply enjoyed on the rocks. It is made from the fruit of the marula tree, which is a firm favourite among monkeys and elephants who become intoxicated after consuming too much of the over-ripe marula fruits. Visit the Amarula Lapa to learn all about this uniquely South Africa drink.

Van Der Hum Liqueur

This original Cape citrus liqueur combines spices, herbs, sugar, tangerines, potstill brandy and diluted wine. It’s named after its original creator and is a firm favourite among South Africans. A bottle of Van Der Hum liqueur can be bought at most liqueur stores in South Africa if you want to taste it.

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