Wind down your day, kick off your evening, or ‘take the route less travelled’ at any of the locations along Cape Town’s newly-launched Urban Brandy Cocktail Route where you can enjoy a selection of well-crafted, thirst-quenching brandy cocktail creations in the atmosphere you like best. Launched in honour of SA’s favourite spirit, the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route is the ultimate experienced-based initiative. A unique way to explore and appreciate brandy against the diverse backdrop of the cosmopolitan Cape Town cityscape, the formation of the route speaks to how brandy has risen from its conventional role to embrace a more sophisticated, modern image. The Urban Brandy Cocktail Route has kicked off with a listing of 10 diverse Cape Town venues, each playing host to a manifold crowd of city-dwellers and tourists. These include Shimmy Beach Club, The One&Only Hotel, Tjing Tjing, Knock Knock Bar, Mano a Mano restaurant, Hudson’s Burger Joint, Societi Bistro, Jackal & Hide, Roxy’s Café and Frères Bistro. Further venues are currently being added to the mix, encouraging more people to ‘share the spirit’ and revel in brandy’s supreme mixability. The route pays homage to the remarkable journey of SA brandy itself, a journey beginning with a simple, beautiful fruit and ending with a drink unsurpassed by anything the rest of the world has to offer. Cocktail menus feature a selection of eight taste-shaping drinks, each with a premium South African brandy as its base. Cocktails include ‘The Skinny’, a low calorie option that’s big on taste, and the ‘Ama-lekkerlicious’, devised by master mixologist Kurt Schlechter. Added to these are the ‘Collison’s Cosmo’ and the ‘Fynbos,’ as well as a variety of other cocktail options incorporating interesting recipes and fresh natural ingredients. As the official transport partner of the route, Rikki’s taxis are on hand to guide route-goers, ensure they make the most of the experience, and also have a safe trip home. Visit the Facebook page for more.