Kava: A Drink with a Kick – LivingMini®
While in Fiji, I just had to try the local hallucinogenic drink: kava kava. This wasn’t my first experience with kava.
As I said, Dad was given kava during his ceremony, but in traditional Samoan fashion, his kava was made by a virgin and served in a large hand-carved bowl. I actually still have the bowl. It used to sit on my kitchen counter holding fruit. That was went I had an abode.
The first time I tried kava was a few years ago in Hawaii. It tasted really bitter and after 7 cups, I still only had a slight buzz. My friend told me I’d need to drink at least 20 bowls to get really lit. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to force any more down.
The stuff I had in Fiji though was primo! A kilo of dried kava root was mixed with water and served in a half coconut shell (called a bilo in Fijian). In traditional Fijian fashion, I had to clap once before I was handed the coconut, then the young man who served me, along with everyone else, clapped twice while I drank.
You could either have a high tide (filled to the rim) or a low tide (half full). I elected to have 2 full tides, then asked for a third for good measure.
Wow – I got quite the kick! After the first coconut, my tongue and lips were numb and I had a slightly heady sensation. Coconuts #2 and #3 only intensified the feeling.
I liked it so much I bought a packet of kava to send home to my family. Sharing the joy!
p.s. Kava is a legal substance. Except in Europe where it’s banned.
p.s.s. Have you ever had kava? Tell us about it!
This entry was posted on Sunday, January 9th, 2011 and is filed under Heart.