List of local drinks and beverages in Ghana

Ghana is well known for its vibrant culture and diverse landscape. As part of this unique culture, there are a variety of local drinks and beverages that can be found throughout the country. From light and refreshing fruit drinks to rich, creamy cocoa beverages, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

In this article, we will be exploring 9 of the most popular local drinks and beverages in Ghana and giving you a taste of their unique flavors. So, if you’re looking for something to sip on while traveling through Ghana, look no further than this list of delicious local drinks and beverages.

List of local drinks and beverages in Ghana

  1. Asaana
  2. Sobolo
  3. Brukina
  4. Pito
  5. Nsafuo
  6. Lamugin
  7. Atadwe milk
  8. Solom drink
  9. Akpeteshie
  10. Ice Kenkey

Asaana drink

Asaana is a locally made non-alcoholic popular caramelized corn drink made from fermented corn and caramelized sugar in Ghana with a refreshing taste. It is referred to as “elewonyo” in other parts of Ghana and known in so many countries as corn beer drink.

2. Sobolo

Bissap nicknamed as Sobolo which can also be referred to as Hibiscus tea is a popular Ghanaian drink which is delicious and unique in taste. Sobolo is not just a refreshing drink, it is also medicinal as it helps improve a person’s health. Bissap is made from dried bissap flowers mixed with sugar and ginger juice as the main ingredients.

3. Brukina

Burkina, the reigning millet smoothie in Ghana is a locally produced beverage with local ingredients and materials. This is prominent in the northern part of Ghana. It is mostly taken chilled. It can be taken with some pastries. It is made with ancient grain-millet, with its sweet essence, milk, salt and sugar.

4. Pito

Pito is a traditional alcoholic beer that is made from fermented sorghum or millet. Locally brewed. It is popular in the northern part of Ghana. It could be served cold or hot but mostly served cold.

5. Nsafuo

Palm wine is tapped from a fully-grown palm tree and the process is enhanced by heat application. The longer the days the sap is stored, the higher the alcoholic content but it is mostly sold fresh. It is completely natural.

6. Lamugin

Lamugin is a locally made non-alcoholic drink that is simply made with ginger and rice. It is very popular in the northern part of Ghana and some parts of southern Ghana. It is also known as ‘Hausa beer’. It is very spicy due to its high amounts of Ginger and other hot spicies.

7. Atadwe milk

Atadwe or tiger nut milk drink is a non-alcoholic locally made drink prepared from tiger nut. It provides a lot of health benefits to the body. Tiger nuts are popular in Ghana due to its aphrodisiac properties.

8. Solom drink

This Ghanaian drink which is popular in the Volta region of Ghana is made from fermented  red millet. The slightly fermented red millet is mixed with water and allow to boil for about 10minutes, it is allowed to cool and sugar is added to taste. it  is sold chilled with the aid of ice block.

9. Akpeteshie

Although not officially advertised, Akpeteshie is a very popular local alcoholic spirit brewed in Ghana using local means of distilling sugarcane juice or palm wine. Its production is very popular in the northern part of the country as the materials and labor are less costly for companies who produce and sell in larger quantities.

10. Ice Kenkey

Ice kenkey is a pro biotic local smoothie made with kenkey. The kenkey could be any of the two main types of Kenkey, Fante or Ga kenkey. The kenkey is mixed with water and mashed or blended into a smooth paste. Sugar is added to taste and the smoothie is completed by adding milk. Some people take it with roasted groundnut and others blend the roasted groundnut with the kenkey.

Conclusion

Ghana has great and interesting local drinks and beverages thats worth a taste. All the above is not hard to get in any popular market and lorry stations across the country.


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