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“Spion Kop”

“Spion Kop”   By now you may have noticed that many of the original Caperitif cocktails from the Savoy Cocktail Book have names in reference to Boer War battles or heroes. This weekend (23-24 January) is the 116th anniversary of the Battle of Spioenkop and hey, there is a cocktail for that… According to that wealth of knowledge, [...]


Innovative!   Late last year we (as AA Badenhorst Family Wines) won Explore Sideways‘ Marketing Innovation Award thanks to the development of the Caperitif! They just published a nice blog post with interesting inside information on Caperitif, the Swaan Tonic Water, the SpeakEasy Bar and some future plans. Read the article here.

What is in there: appelkoos

What is in there: appelkoos   Appelkoos, the Afrikaans name for an apricot. The origin of the apricot is disputed. It was known in Armenia during ancient times, and has been cultivated there for so long that it is often thought to have originated there. Apricots have been cultivated in Persia since antiquity, and dried ones were an [...]

2016 is out of the blocks!

2016 is out of the blocks! Aaaand we’re back! We’ve been quietly drinking Caperitif (and Swaan) in interesting, beautiful places all over the country… From the Weskus to the Transkei and a few stops in the middle. We hope you (too) have had a stress-free, relaxing festive season with good people and great drinks. May you be [...]

Cocktail: Oom Paul

Cocktail: Oom Paul   Feel like an it-is-only-yet-Tuesday-but-the-year-has-been-long cocktail today? I do! Why not try the simple yet lekker Oom Paul from the Savoy Cocktail book: The Oom Paul is named after Paul Kruger, President of the South African Republic (or Transvaal) from 1883 to 1900. Nicknamed Oom Paul (“Uncle Paul”), he came to international prominence as the face [...]

World Class

World Class   Last week Cape Town hosted the finals of World Class, the drinks industry’s most prestigious and respected mixology competition. Tess Posthumus, the representative from The Netherlands, made a cocktail using Caperitif! Here is her recipe: Game Ranger 45ml Zacapa rum 45ml Caperitif 10ml homemade apricot chutney (strained and slightly spicy but give Mrs. [...]

Shaken, not stirred…

Shaken, not stirred… Watch Steven Saunders from The Maslow Hotel shake up some Caperitif into a ZA-bberwock cocktail at the World Class Competition in July this year. http://livestream.com/accounts/1287887/events/4195043/videos/93148684/player?autoPlay=false&height=360&mute=false&width=640

We mean Business…

We mean Business… So this was the cover of Business Day’s Wanted Magazine last week. Journalist Graham Wood did a lovely research piece which included six cocktail recipes. Article coming soon. Take cover, the ghost is back!

Die Kaapse Dief

Die Kaapse Dief We always think we are being very funny and hip with our branding and strange labels, but somehow ‘the powers that be’ always nip our plans in the bud. Our first Caperitif label with the scroll saying ‘Soet vermoed’ is a very good example of this… Soet vermoed really does not mean [...]

And then there were TWO!

And then there were TWO! So if you have followed the story of the Caperitif you would know that we are chasing a legend… a product last produced over 100 years ago. We really had no idea what it tasted like, what the recipe was or what the hell we were going to end up with, [...]

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