A large part of travelling certainly revolves around eating and drinking, and travelling to South Africa is no exception. And rightly so – South Africa has so many tasty things to offer, so try them out!
Here we’re taking a closer look at some of the drinks…
This one is a given. You can drink wine every day without getting to excperience a small part of all the wonderful wines available in South Africa.
Two local specialties that you should definitely try is Jerepigo or Cape Ruby, sweet wines that go well with dessert, and Pinotage, which is a blend of the grape varieties Cinsaut and Pinot Noir.
Everyone drinks beer, regardless of social status and it’s somewhat of South Africa’s unofficial national drink – especially during summer and sports season. The most popular beer, Castle Lager, is produced by South African Breweries, but they also produce brands such as Carling Black Label and Grolsch. Windhoek Lager from Namibia is also popular.
These are much less sweet and less fruity than the ciders sold in Sweden (I’m not sure about the rest of the world). They have a more adult taste and with hints of wine.
Try Hunter’s, Redds or Savannah – with or without lemon.
I’m sure many of you have already tried this sweet and creamy liqueur. Add it to your coffee or ice cream – yummy! – or as is with ice. Amarula is made from the fruit of the Marula tree, a fruit that’s also a favourite among monkeys and elephants.
Van Der Hum liqueur
This citrus liqueur from The Cape combine spices, herbs, sugar, tangerines, brandy and diluted wine. It’s named after its original creator, and is a favourite among South Africans.
Witblits is Afrikaans for “white lightning”, and is a home-made brandy that packs a punch. It’s mostly produced and consumed in the Western Cape, so keep an eye out for it at the farmstalls dotted along the roads there. Witblits is also the name of my car. Vroom vroom! 🙂
Mampoer is a fruitier alternative to witblits, made from peach, apricot, litchi and other fruits. Also, a drink that packs a punch… Mampoer is most common in the northern parts of South Africa.
A springbok is a popular shooter named after the antelope and it also has the same name as the South African rugby team, wearing gold and green. The drink reflects these colours (or of a springbok and green grass) by layering creamy Amarula with green peppermint liqueur. It’s served in bars around the country and is very popular and insanely nice!
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky
South Africa is widely known as a country that produces a lot of wonderful wines. Most people know that. But there’s also an award-winning whisky produced here.
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is distilled and matured at The James Sedgwick Distillery in the beautiful Bainskloof Pass in the Western Cape. Bain’s was named “The World’s Best Grain Whisky” at the annual World Whisky Awards in London in 2013.
I’m sure most of you have tried rooibos tea. Right? Rooibos is unique because it’s only grown in two specific valleys in South Africa, in the Western and Northern Cape. This slightly reddish tea is full of antioxidants and is often added to other teas to improve the taste, such as Honeybush, Hoodia and Buchu.