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Meet the woman behind SA’s craft gin revolution
When she launched Inverroche Gin in 2012, Lorna Scott had never worked at a distillery before
Warm up this winter with hot chocolate cocktails
Beat the chill with these deliciously unique hot choctails, made with fine Van Ryn brandy
The Absolut Kelly cocktail
The muted tones of this beverage belies its unexpectedly colourful and complex flavour profile
The Heart of Darkness cocktail
Activated charcoal is the key ingredient in this show-stopping drink
SA brandies take top honours at New York International Spirits Competition
Two premium South African brandies win coveted Gold awards
‘I make bold to say that our best wine brandy can compete with the very best foreign types… and does not have to stand back for them at all,’ wrote the legendary South African poet, medical doctor, botanist and amateur chef C Louis Leipoldt (1880–1947) back in the day. And in this area, it seems, not much has changed
snow leopard vodka presents a classic martini – with a twist
Shake up your regular martini with a luxury vodka brand that also contributes to the conservation of the snow leopard
Celebrate World Gin Day with this winter-inspired cocktail
The gin comeback is still going strong. On 10 June we're celebrating this spirit with a warming Mocha G&T
Cape Town’s unique new artisan gin is all about the ocean
A Mari is the only gin in the world distilled with Atlantic Ocean seawater
bar keeper is no ordinary liquor store
With its cool, industrial aesthetic, Bar Keeper stylishly occupies a revamped heritage building in Cape Town's CBD
introducing the charles marais 2013
Plaisir de Merle wine estate in Paarl has launched its most exceptional blend to date
Plaisir de Merle in Simondium. After 400 years of winemaking, Plaisir de Merle has launched what they are calling the pinnacle of blends. The limited edition 2013 Charles Marais is a heady blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and winemaker Niel Bester says it’s the finest wine released in his 25 years as cellar master. ‘Over time, Plaisir de Merle has become synonymous with blends, but the estate has never produced anything quite as extraordinary as this. It’s quite fitting then that it’s named after the founder of Plaisir de Merle, Charles Marais. It would have been a fine mome
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