It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or so the song goes, and with that, there are some essential summertime drinks that just make this time of the year even more exciting! Here is Gin-gle All The Way – 5 Fabulously Festive Gins, you need to add to your holiday shopping list!
- There’s certainly nothing more refreshing this summer than a gin & tonic with eye-popping garnish and just enough ice.
- With a mix of South African and International gins available at all good stores, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to our favourite tipple.
- The best part of gin is being able to try a variety of new, fresh releases capturing the distillers imagination in a bottle.
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South Africa is blessed with summer sunshine over the festive season as Christmas falls into our warmer months and with that, allows us to ditch the Eggnog and Glühwein for more refreshing beverages and cocktails next to the pool! With so many gins to choose from this festive season, The Sandton Times has narrowed down the selection to 5 Fabulously Festive Gins you need to try over the holidays – here they are:
Known for stirring creativity in all its forms, Bombay Sapphire is once again living up to its reputation by partnering with Cape Town-based illustrator and founder of the Yay Abe studio, Russell Abrahams. His inspiration for creating limited edition Create A Stir x Yay Abe Gift Packs was guided by the Bombay Sapphire art of botanicals approach, highlighting the gin’s four flavour profiles: citrus, floral, herbal, and spicy notes.
Abrahams’ bold designs and unmistakable graphics are an extension of his personality, as he is a playful and vibrant character. The Create A Stir x Yay Abe gift packs are just as daring as all of his previous renowned designs, and they creatively tell the story of how Bombay Sapphire is crafted using 10 botanicals, resulting in rich and aromatic flavours.
Create A Stir x Yay Abe limited edition gift packs are available on takealot.com, or at Makro Stores, Tops at Spar, Pick n Pay Liquor, and Checkers Liquor Stores nationwide, while stocks last.
Triple Three Gin
Looking for the perfect festive drink to share with your friends and loved ones? Triple Three Distillery, producer of the Best Gin & Best London Dry Gin at the Investec Trophy Spirits Show now brings you the Raspberry Blush.
This fine piece of craftsmanship derives its beauty from fully ripe raspberries. In the tradition of distilling the best from raspberries, Triple Three adds both colour and extra juiciness by steeping more fruit into the gin.
Raise a glass to precious time together; rejoice, dress up, dance and laugh! ClemenGold Gin is small batch distilled using ClemenGold mandarins, wonderfully sweet sun-ripened citrus fruit. The essence of sunshine that the fruit imparts to this cosmopolitan Cape Dry Style gin is headily aromatic and treats one to a tangy zing of citrus.
The newly launched 750ml bottle allows you to be most generous. Why not treat your friends with a Negroni-style punch:
150ml ClemenGold Gin
2 ClemenGold mandarins (or another citrus) sliced, charred
6 Rosemary ice cubes
Mix ClemenGold Gin, Campari, and Vermouth in a big jar with rosemary ice. Fill the jug with lemonade and stir. Garnish with the charred citrus slices.
Gifting made easy! Order your 750ml or 40ml minis on the ClemenGold Gin website for home delivery!
Malachite Fynbos Gin
Malachite Fynbos Gin is a celebration of an unrivalled African landscape, the Cape Floral Kingdom, richer than just about any other spot on the map in what it offers up. Using only hand-picked, sustainable floral botanicals, this premium spirit is an adventure into the subtle, delicious and delicate aromas that are so unique to fynbos.
Every sip is a step through fynbos country, an immersive journey that awakens the senses to the timelessness of nature. The infused fynbos is in perfect harmony with the classic gin botanicals – subtle juniper blends with hints of elderflower and chamomile, spring blooms and delicate spice, rounding off with a fruity touch of lemon rind.
Taste this magical ancient paradise, with Malachite Gin.
Musgrave Gin was at the vanguard of South Africa’s gin revolution. Musgrave Pink Gin is bedazzled with botanical finery. Known to gracefully seduce even the purist of gin drinkers, it’s as pretty as a picture with its youthful play on pink.
Distilled with Musgrave’s signature 11 botanicals, Rose hips are added during the distillery process, accentuating the distinct top notes of Cardamom, African Ginger and Grains of Paradise sourced from exotic locations across the African continent.
These heights are then tamed slightly with a dash of perfume and a splash of romance. The gin is further infused with Rosewater adding a slight exotic perfume and depth of flavour. . The expressive Cardamom and obligatory Juniper contributions are softened so as not to mask the gentle perfume of the roses. Since its launch in 2016, Musgrave Pink has appealed to enthusiastic new audiences and has wildly invigorated the gin industry.
For more information go to the Musgrave Gin website.
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