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How to Drink Mahala with Danielle Schoeman & Paul Scanlon
Episode 21317th May 2022 • Lush Life • Susan L. Schwartz
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What to do when your country bans alcohol sales during the height of covid, and you own a distillery? Create a non-alcoholic spirit, and then find the perfect partner to help you introduce it to the world.

Danielle Schoeman used her distilling know-how to produce Mahala Botanical, then she sent it to Paul Scanlon to see what he thought. After years working for a drinks company, he was ready to bring one of his own to market. It was kismet, and they have not looked back.

I was lucky enough to meet them both at the launch of Mahala in London a few weeks ago, and am delighted to have them here on Lush Life to let them tell you their story! 

Thanks so much to Danielle and Paul for not only introducing us to Mahala but also sponsoring the transcription for the hearing impaired! 

I know I’m thirsty after all that chat about cocktails…Which brings us right to our cocktail of the week!

Here’s one of Paul’s favorite cocktails made with Mahala - the Mahala Mule:


  • 50ml Mahala Botanical
  • 150ml Ginger beer
  • 15ml Lime juice
  • Limes


  • Add the Mahala over ice in a Mule cup or rocks glass
  • Top up with the ginger beer
  • Add the lime juice
  • Stir gently
  • Garnish with lime


You’ll find this recipe, more non-alcoholic cocktails, and all the cocktails of the week at, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.

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