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TAMBOUR - the original from Benin

TAMBOUR - the original from Benin

If you are tired of gin & tonic, Benin offers you the option of getting something completely new into your glass: ‘Tambour Original’, a traditional liqueur, distilled from palm juice, with its natural sweetness an ideal basis for sophisticated cocktails and highball

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Harvested and sourced from local farmers in South Benin. The art of distilling this palm sap into alcohol flourishes uniquely in West Africa.

Palms have a very rich, naturally sweet sap that is considered a delicacy in West Africa and other tropical regions around the globe.

Palm liqueur, called ‘sodabi’, has been produced and consumed by people in West Africa for centuries. In Benin it plays a central role in voodoo ceremonies: Sodabi is supposed to drive away evil spirits from the living and, as a gift to the deceased, ensure a good mood in the world of the dead.

 Jake Muhleman, owner of a small distillery in Cotonou, has developed and refined the traditional drink together with his team: 14 tropical fruits and spices give ‘Tambour Original’ a new, unique aroma.


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The intensely smooth flavour of Tambour Original pairs beautifully with many flavors of the tropics. Check out some of Tamobour's cocktail-recipes or feel free to create your own!

Andy’s Blonde Angel – egg liqueur (Sweet)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 125 g powdered sugar
  • 200 ml condensed milk
  • 1/2 packet vanilla sugar
  • 4.5 oz. Tambour Original Sodabi

Mix the egg yolks, vanilla sugar until foamy. Add the powdered sugar, the condensed milk and the Tambour in the mixture. Heat slowly in a water bath, stirring constantly. Until it is nice and thick. Do not allow to boil.

Bottle while still warm and if necessary dilute with milk or Tambour Original Sodabi.

Produces 0.75 l.

Tambour Apple Toddy (Sweet)
  • 1.5 oz. Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 1 cup apple cider /apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon mulling spices
  • ginger slices (Optional)

Simmer mulling spices (and ginger, if used) in apple cider / apple juice over the stovetop for up to 20 minutes. Add Tambour Original and serve warm or chill and serve cold.

Garnish with a apple slices, cinnamon stick or lemon wedge and enjoy!

Hidden Passion (Sour)
  • 1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 3 oz (2 fruits) – Juiced Passion Fruit
  • 1/2 cup – Ice Cubes
  • 2 tsp – Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp – Simple Syrup

If using whole fruit, add it to a glass and muddle to release the juice from the seeds. (Alternatively, muddle in a strainer if you prefer to not have seeds in the cocktail.) Add the rest of the ingredients, and stir together.

Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!

African Queen (Fresh)
  • 1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 3 slices – Diced Cucumber
  • 1 large sprig of mint
  • 2 Tbsp – Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup – Ice Cubes
  • 1 oz – Lime Juice
  • 1.5 oz – Club Soda

Muddle cucumber, mint, and simple syrup into bottom of glass. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.

Garnish with a cucumber slice and enjoy!

Ko-Ko-Ko (Fresh)
  • 1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 1.5 oz – Coconut Water (Ideally from a Fresh, Young Coconut)
  • 1.5 oz – Pineapple Juice
  • 2 tsp – Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup – Ice Cubes
  • 1 pinch – Ground Nutmeg (Optional)

Add all ingredients to a shaker, shaking until cold.

Serve in an empty coconut with a straw and enjoy!

The Curse (Sour)
  • 1 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 1 tsp – Honey
  • 2 tsp – Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup – Ice Cubes

Add all of the ingredients except the ice into a shaker and shake thoroughly to dissolve the honey(or dissolve the honey in the juice beforehand). Then add ice and shake until cold.

Pour contents into a shooter glass and enjoy!

Le Baiser du Python (Fruity)
  • 1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 1 oz – Lime Juice
  • 1 cup – Frozen Raspberries

Add ingredients into blender and purée until desired consistency. (Fresh raspberries and ice can be substituted for frozen raspberries.)

Add a sprig of mint to garnish and enjoy!

Tambour Lemonade (Sour)
  • 1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 2 oz – Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz – Filtered Water
  • 2 tsp – Cane Sugar
  • 1 cup – Ice Cubes

Stir ingredients together.

Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!

Banana Harmattan (Creamy)
  • 1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 2 Large bananas, preferably frozen
  • 1/2 cup – Ice Cubes
  • Chocolate Syrup (optional)

Combine Tambour Original, bananas, and ice in a blender, and purée until desired consistency.

Drizzle the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup, add the mixure, garnish with whipped cream, chocolate flakes, and a slice of banana, and enjoy!

African Sunrise (Fruity)
  • 1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi
  • 1.5 oz – Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 cup – Ice Cubes
  • 1 oz – Club Soda
  • 1 dash – Grenadine

Combine Tambour Original and pineapple juice in a shaker with ice. Shake until contents are cold, then pour into glass. Add club soda, then gently pour in grenadine to prevent mixing.

Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a slice of pineapple and enjoy!

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