The liquor industry in South Africa is growing and many really great brands are popping up. With Western Cape giving us more and more wine every year, people tend to overlook other brands and types of alcohol launching. Support local businesses by trying the following South African owned alcohol brands.
Cape Town Gin
A fairly recent brand (2015) that tailored its gin flavors to a true South African style. The Cape Town based alcohol brand is gaining popularity and tastes great in a well made cocktail.
The gin is available in two flavors: “Classic Dry (best served in a classic dry Martini) and Rooibos Red (delicious even as a Sippin’ Gin).”
Azul “Tequila,” Kimberley
Although it is not technically actual Tequila, this alcohol still makes great lime and salt shots and even better mojitos. The Kimberlery brewery makes the alcohol from Agave, although it does not hail from Mexico. It takes on the effects similar to Tequila and tastes pretty great. Azul Distillers established this alcohol in 2011 so it’s still relatively new.
With all their grapes coming from Wellington, Yours Truly has worked on their wines for months and have released to ranges this year. The two ranges are Truly White and Truly Red. Truly White is described as, “crisp and clean” and Truly Red as, “Warm and inviting to keep the cold at bay”. This is a new South African alcohol worth trying with great company.
Left Barrel – Pellicosis Gold
New types of craft beer are popping up constantly and beer tasting is becoming more and more of a hobby. The makers of this beer age it in ex red wine barrels and leave it to sit for just about 12 months. This beer was crafted by Brad Brown in a shed in the Adelaide Hills.