The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company recently launched the premium Cape Town Gin brand as a boldly South African gin. Distilled and bottled locally, our Gins have a distinctly South African flavour and celebrate the vibrant diversity of Cape Town. These handcrafted, small batch Gins are available in two styles: Classic Dry (best served in a classic dry Martini) and Rooibos Red (delicious even as a Sippin’ Gin).
The history of Gin
The beautifully designed labels and classic bottles of Cape Town Gin are a tribute to the spirit’s golden age – the roaring 20s – when Gin was decidedly in vogue. We share our appreciation for this distinctly flavoursome libation with those who discovered it centuries ago…
Although there have been claims that Gin was first produced in Italy, the earliest confirmed recording of commercial production of Gin is in the early 17th century in Holland. Here, it was produced as a medicine and sold in chemists to treat a number of maladies. To make it more palatable, the Dutch began to infuse the alcohol with juniper, which had medicinal properties of its own.
British troops fighting in the Low Countries during the Thirty Years’ War had their fair share of the warming spirit too, for a shot of ‘Dutch Courage.’ Eventually the soldiers caught on and brought it back home with them – where it was already available in chemists’ shops – but this time to enjoy as a drinking spirit, rather than a cure-all tonic. Before the troops brought Gin back home, small-scale distillation was already underway – however, its popularity meant that production kicked into high gear, and thus Gin became one of Britain’s favourite tipples.
The history of Rooibos
More than 300 years ago, the local inhabitants of the mountainous Cederberg region were the first to discover that the Rooibos plant’s needle-like leaves could be used to make a refreshing brew. These ‘Rooibos pioneers’ used axes to harvest the plant and then bruised the leaves with hammers, leaving them to ferment and dry out in the sun. Today the plant is harvested and processed in much the same way, albeit with more sophisticated equipment.
Inspired by the plant so steeped in heritage and healthful properties, the Cape Town Gin Company first distilled the Cape Town Gin Rooibos Red in Cape Town in 2015.
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