Going gin crazy in Cape Town
Foodies seem to have been around for eons, forever seeking out new food experiences to salivate over, but it’s only recently that gin has become the tipple on everybody’s lips when the clock winds down after hours. Try some new varieties at these luxury Cape Town bars and restaurants at the forefront of the world gin revolution in Cape Town.
· The Gin Bar, Wale Street, CBD
· Mother’s Ruin, Bree Street, CBD
· Woodstock Gin Company, Salt River Arcade, Woodstock
All of these are instrumental in taking this pale spirit way beyond the traditional G&T, stocking a range of extraordinary artisan brews, sourced from some of Cape Town’s own distilleries.
Get in on the latest gin-distilling action at one of the following:
Hope on Hopkins
Take a tour, or tantalise your taste-buds with a sample or two of these Salt River creations. Meet Mildred and Maude, the stainless steel stills responsible for all the action and discover the age-old secrets behind producing quality gin from scratch.
Made from mostly South African ingredients, including buchu and kapokbos in the Salt River variety, Hope on Hopkins products include Mediterranean Gin, London Dry Gin and Bloedlemoen Gin. These brews are so iconically South African that the label for this last variety was designed by local artist Lorraine Loots, who is known for her miniature art.
Hope on Hopkins also offers Martini Masterclasses and History of Gin sessions.
The Woodstock Gin Company
This micro-brewery offers its own balanced blend of floral, aromatic, citrus and herbaceous notes crafted from Juniper Berries, Cardamom, Honeybush, Rooibos, Buchu and lime. Here you can settle for a garden-variety G&T or create your own taste sensation from their own variety of tonics created from indigenous herbs and lemon grass.
If you happen to be travelling outside of Cape Town and find yourself in the vicinity of the tranquil seaside village of Stilbaai you can take an hour-long distillery tour or indulge in a 15-minute sip-and-go sampling.
Inverroche is a pioneer of fynbos-flavoured gins and uses these floral notes in all its blends. Amber gin, bursting with hints of dune figs and wild rosemary, is the most robust of their offerings, while their Classic Gin features a taste of aloe and buchu.
Inverroche is flying the South African flag high with over 10 000 bottles of gin handcrafted here every month, with many of them exported to 13 different countries worldwide.
The artisan gin revolution is on the rise, find out what all the fuss is about on a distillery tour, or a visit to one of Cape Town’s luxury gin bars to try it out.