Food & dining

Senegalese-inspired drinks

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Magbè Savané (pronounced MAG-ba Sav-ah-NEY) of Revere uses flowers, fruits, and roots to make Makomas, her line of three West African-inspired natural beverages. One is the fragrant Hibiscus Tea, a cold tea crafted from organic dried flowers grown in Senegal, slightly tart and balanced with sweetness from pure cane sugar. Baobab Drink has apricot and banana flavors, and is made from the exotic coconut-size fruit of the baobab tree (the mammoth trees in “The Lion King”). Sweet Ginger Drink has a kick from fresh Hawaiian-grown ginger. With 80 to 90 calories in a drink ($3.99 to $4.99 for 12 ounces), the flavors are also good for smoothies or cocktails. Savané started Makomas four years ago with family recipes, and uses a Greenfield commissary to produce and bottle the libations in small batches, roughly the same way her mother did, who sold the beverages in plastic bags in the town where Savané was raised in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). As youngsters, she and her four sisters would help sell the drinks from coolers attached to a bicycle. Eventually shops carried the drinks and the family grew a thriving business. Her mother retired, but Savané carries on here. “I wanted to follow in my mom’s steps,” she says. Available at Cambridge Naturals, 23 White St., Cambridge, 617-492-4452; Formaggio Kitchen, 244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-4750; Volante Farms, 292 Forest St., Needham, 781-444-2351; The Living Earth, 232 Chandler St., Worcester, 508-753-1896. ANN TRIEGER KURLAND

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