A cool and refreshing drink of mahewu may leave a gritty taste in your mouth, but this nutritious beverage made from maize meal is one of Malawi’s best-loved and most popular drinks. Mahewu is often made at home just on the night before it is served. It is often unflavored and not very sweet. Those that are produced in factories come in plastic bottles. A variety of flavors, such as banana, chocolate, and orange, are also mixed into the drink to make it sweeter.