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The Ghost is back!

On Friday night at the annual Swartland Revolution in Riebeek Kasteel, we officially launched our Caperitif.

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Using Caperitif and the amazing products from our friends at Whitley Neill Gin and Fitch and Leedes Tonic water, we re-created some very tasty cocktails for the first time in decades.

Revolutionaries got to choose between four drinks (while some choose to try all four, numerous times)… On the counter stood two jars: Epic Tip Battles of History Jan Smuts vs Barney Barnato.

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I believe oom Jan was winning when our dear friend David pulled over the bar and smashed Barney to pieces on the floor…

The four cocktails? Jan Smuts, Barney Barnato, Cape Cocktail and Cape and Gin. Three of those we adapted from recipes from the age old Savoy Cocktail book, the fourth we kind of made up. But that is a story for another post.

For now we are proud to announce that our latest product is market tested and approved (the revolutionaries are a tough crowd to please and we nailed it) and will hopefully be in a bar or proper bottle store near you soon!

Baie dankie to:

Danish (yes, contrary to 10 000 misprinted back labels, he is not Norwegian – same same, but different) mixologist Lars Lyndgaard Schmidt who approached Adi early this year with the idea to recreate this illusive ingredient and  returned last week to run the bar.

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Whitley Neil Gin / Fitch and Leeds Tonic and Inverroche Gin for the generous donation of product.

The five Malmesbury men who came to play barmen, all dressed up and ready to shake.

Herman Potgieter who hand painted the rather large and detailed copy of our label on short notice.

Profit from the bar will be used to improve conditions at the Anne Pienaar Memorial School just outside our farm entrance.

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*”Here today, gone today” is a phrase coined by Barney Barnato, one of Johannesburg’s founding fathers and South Africa’s original rags to riches tale. He set the example for a generation of European fortune seekers, eking out an existence in colonial South Africa. The Barney Barnato is an original cocktail found in the Savoy Cocktail Book.