Festive merriment in South Africa is not like what you see it in the movies. There’s no snow, no sledding, no bundled up group of carollers and no winter drinks such as eggnog and gluhwein. What we do have on our side of the world though is much better. We have the beach, park picnics, hikes on the mountain, braais, open-air events, sun, sand and cool drinks in hand.
The festive and summer season in South Africa is made for refreshing cocktails. Should you want to try your hand at making your own cocktail this festive season we have you covered. AJ Snetler, one of the talented barman behind the counter at Tobago’s Bar at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, has shared a recipe from one of his favourite cocktails that can be served at any gathering you may host this summer. It is aptly called The New Year’s Resolution.
45ml Martini Bianco – Earl Grey infused
50ml fresh Orange Juice
Add 5 Earl Grey tea bags to 600ml Martini Bianco Vermouth, and let it steep overnight (12 hours at room temperature). Remove the teabags using a fine strainer. Add 45ml Vermouth to a chilled wine glass, and then add a splash of orange juice. Add Ice and top up with Martini Prosecco. Garnish with fresh thyme.
If you would prefer AJ and his talented team to serve you up a cocktail off his new menu, whilst enjoying the ocean breeze, then stop by the hotel to sample a few of their summer cocktail creations, which include exciting new flavours and inventions such as nori foam, as well as a chardonnay and salted fig jam, which is used as the finishing touch to cocktails on the new menu. The nori foam is used in The Finest Catch – a refreshing cocktail that combines tequila, Falernum syrup, peated Angostura bitters and the nori and black cardamom foam. The chardonnay and fig jam can be found in The Heritage Daiquiri – adding a sweet and interesting twist to a delicious classic drink.
There is also the Ocean View Sunset cocktail which is made up of the curiously prepared coconut-oil-washed Bombay Sapphire gin, Falernum and orange and buchu soda, all served in a stunning tiki cocktail serving vessel.
With these cocktails to look forward to, warm weather and generally just lots of outdoor fun, this festive season and summer holiday in South Africa is definitely something to celebrate.