A strong alcoholic drink made from honey and fermented muvi
The most common color is a golden yellow or warm orange, depending on the muvi subspecies and the plants from which the honey was produced. The liquid is clear and slightly more viscous than water.
It is sweet and spicy, leaving a burning sensation in the mouth.
The alcohol content is very high at around 40%. Therefore, it leads to intoxication very quickly.
Honey and muvi
paste are blended, diluted with water and left to ferment for at least 1 year
. The result is distilled to make it more potent and then left to ripen for several more years.
Regional variants differ in the precise ratio of honey and muvi
. Older hato
generally has a fuller, more balanced taste and is sold at higher prices.
is consumed in rather small amounts, due to its high alcohol content and its hard-to-bear spiciness. Most of the time it is mixed with water or fruit juices, serving as an important ingredient for a wide range of coctails. Besides that, it is added to various savoury and sweet dishes.