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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 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.
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 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.