Interesting facts about Rum!


About 2 hours from Joburg, on a farm along the R70 between Henneman and Riebeeckstad in the Free State, I joined the guys at Whistler Rum Distillery for their end-of-the-month jol. With a local singer strumming away, a Free State Sand Storm cocktail in hand and a big red sun setting in front of us, I took a sip and realised I didn’t know much about rum at all.

A week later I went to the Pan-African Rum Festival and tasted as many South African rums and cocktails as possible. Now I’m plotting my own cocktail mixes! But before I get ahead of myself, let’s go back to the basics of rum 101.

 

Top 100 Drinking Trends In June


These June 2018 drinking trends are encouraging consumers to get out and enjoy the sunshine, while staying hydrated with the latest and most innovated drink offerings.

 

#MerlotForMay Recipe: Merlot Margarita


Not to be confused by Merlot with Margherita – which involves pizza! This Merlot “Margarita” is for tequila and wine lovers.

 

#MerlotforMay Recipe: Homemade Pizza Margherita


It’s getting cold out there. I just got back from enjoying the mild May weather in Durban, and the Jozi cold is going straight through all my layers of clothing. I want to channel those mellow vibes with glass of Merlot and a fresh homemade pizza with this delicious recipe shared by the folks at Leopards Leap as we’re joining them in celebrating #MerlotforMay.

 

Mellow Merlot for May


A Merlot back in 2005 had me asking more questions about wine than ever before. Suddenly I was interested in how it was made, why it tasted and smelled the way it did, and what food would go well with it. It was the perfect introduction to wine for me and for many others who discover an appreciation for wine with an eager palate.

 

Immerse yourself in a book-inspired cocktail taste sensation this summer


What could possibly be better this summer than sipping on an ice-cold, book-inspired cocktail while admiring a panoramic view of Jozi’s leafy suburbs?

 

Spotlight on Broad Valley Wines


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5 South African Reds for Winter Foods and Moods


Leaving the house on a freezing winter’s night can be tough.

 

Winner Of The 2017 World Class Nigeria Bartender Competition


Diageo announced the winners of the 2017 World Class Nigeria bartender with top chefs and guests in attendance

 

The Secret Lives Of Speakeasies


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