{product} Reinventing the mixed drink with Double Dutch premium mixers

With a healthy stock of Double Dutch premium mixers in my cupboard, I can create beautiful mixed drinks in an instant.  Channeling your inner mixologist in the comfort of your own home, these mixers are a must for any occasion or season. Introduction Double Dutch produces great tasting, natural mixers for a new generation of…

{news} The latest liquor shake-ups for 2020

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, consumers are spoilt for choice. Walk into any notable cocktail bar or liquor outlet and you’ll find yourself in a wonderland of distilled spirits, bottled tipples and canned crafts. Throw in a line of psychedelic shooters and exotic aperitifs and things soon get a little overwhelming. “Finding a beverage…

{news} Woo with Wixworth: a classic recipe for V-day celebrations

Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day? This is the question on the minds of many when the month of love approaches. Go with the trusted candle-lit dinner? Do something adventurous this time? No need to mull over it too much. These handy suggestions will help take the chore out of organising something special for…

{news} Brazilian national drink available in South Africa!

Brazil’s famous Cachaça Da Tulha native sugarcane spirit is now available in South Africa in a new 750ml bottle. As tequila is to Mexico, so is cachaça to Brazil. The sugarcane spirit, produced from the juice of non-burnt sugar cane after fermentation and distillation, Cachaça can also be aged in wood produced in Brazil for…

{news} The Wixworth guide to being a classic in the new decade

Standing out from the crowd in the third decade of the 21st century is sure to be incredibly challenging. Life as we know it is being disrupted by technology, populism, and climate change. Machine learning is rendering professionals redundant and modern cultures are defined by social media trends, fake news, and celebs who are in it…

{experience} From their own fields: a taste of Arbikie

The essence of a great spirit lies in the stories that fill each bottle. I recently heard the tale of Arbikie Highland Estate, who distills not only premium gin and vodka, but infuses their labours of love with history, heritage and a whole lot of heart. Introduction A few weeks ago, The Tall Hedonist and…

{news} Introducing Pangolin Gin: a zesty gin for a very deserving cause

Conservation non-profit Pangolin.Africa has partnered with New Harbour Distillery in Cape Town to launch Pangolin Gin – a limited-edition craft gin sold in support of the organisation’s pangolin awareness, protection and conservation efforts across Africa. Master Distiller Nic Janeke – one of the most sought-after distillers in the country – has created a unique recipe…

{experience} Releasing the Kraken on South African shores

Dark, mysterious and full of spice, the rise of craft rum is on the horizon. I was recently swept out to sea with the launch of Kraken Rum in South Africa, that time that The Jagger Lounge was transformed into the Kraken’s ink den of indulgence… Introduction A few weeks ago, I got a seductively…

{experience} A citrussy summer with Fitch & Leedes Grapefruit Tonic

This summer season, Fitch & Leedes is bringing the spirit of African sunsets to your gin glass with the release of their brand-new gorgeously coral-hued premium mixer, Grapefruit Tonic! Spoiler alert: it’s simply delicious, best served chilled with a generous side of Cape Town summer vibes! Introduction A few months ago, I received a “Save…

{news} ‘Tis (almost) the season: give Richland Rum this Christmas

What’s Christmas without rum? Forget the punch or rum in the pudding, those in the know will be lifting a glass of aged, single barrel, sipping rum. Richland Rum, rated by Forbes as America’s best rum, is the ideal Christmas gift for someone who loves quality aged rum, or whisky drinkers keen to try something…

{news} Mindful Drinking Festival: 20 October 2019

Alcohol-free drinks are all the rage right now. But what are they? Do they still contain alcohol? And what is the difference between a non-alcoholic drink and an alcohol-free one?  South Africa’s first ever Mindful Drinking Festival at Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages in Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday 20 October 2019 will answer these questions.  The…

{wine} Top of the class for FAT bastard’s Chardonnay 2018

That chubby golden hippo always manages to put a smile on my face. This time around, I was happier than a happy hippo when a bottle of FAT bastard‘s Chardonnay 2018 landed in my lap. Because living large is exactly what I like to do! Background The results of the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tasting…