OLD TO HIP: Ghana's traditional liquor akpeteshie tastes like fire to the uninitiated, burning all the way down. But now it's part of a new movement in Ghana that some hope will spread across West Africa — bringing old-school drinks out of the countryside and into capital nightclubs.
THE LIQUOR: Akpeteshie (ak-PEH-teh-she) is a traditional liquor in Ghana. Akpeteshie can be made from distilling palm wine or sugar cane, creating an almost moonshine concoction with a heavy punch.
THE HISTORY: The liquor's name in the local Ga language roughly means "hide," a throwback to when colonial British authorities banned it from being made, forcing Ghanaians to take shots on the sly.