12 Tonics to Christmas: T&T (Tequila & Tonic, with a bite)

The fragrant crack of the cardamom and rose transports you to the middle east for a festive season filled with spice and flair.  Think far-away lands filled with myrrh and frankincense, especially during this time of the year.  See in your mind’s eye the heaps of spices, loud chatter of merchants and piles of delicate rose petals surrounded by the smell of rose essence and oriental mysteries.

On the #12TonicsToChristmas blog series I looked at showcasing the Tonic, more than the alcohol or the other bits and pieces.  

Featuring the “newish” addition to the Toni Glass Collection is their Rose-flavoured tonic.

12 Tonics to Christmas: Middle Eastern Gin and Rose Tonic

The fragrant crack of the cardamom and rose transports you to the middle east for a festive season filled with spice and flair.  Think far-away lands filled with myrrh and frankincense, especially during this time of the year.  See in your mind’s eye the heaps of spices, loud chatter of merchants and piles of delicate rose petals surrounded by the smell of rose essence and oriental mysteries.

On the #12TonicsToChristmas blog series I looked at showcasing the Tonic, more than the alcohol or the other bits and pieces.  

Featuring the “newish” addition to the Toni Glass Collection is their Rose-flavoured tonic.

12 Tonics to Christmas: Rosemary & Pear Ice Lollies

Summer sun and holiday fun! Cool off with these funky and delicious ice lollies; which will leave you thinking they are “naughty” but they’re so “nice”.  Suitable for adults, and even kids with a discerning palate.  I added extra bits of pear to the mix for added texture, this mixture will also freeze well in a container for a fresh sorbet.
Here’s my 12 Tonics to Christmas ice lollies with Pear Toni Glass Tonic.

12 Tonics to Christmas: Green Elf

With Christmas approaching and the festive season kicking off in full swing, how about a little “green helper” to treat your festive friends?

Today’s #12TonicsToChristmas is non-alcoholic and boasts a refreshing finish as an alternative to the traditional gin and tonics.  This drinks packs all the punch of a fruity and fresh g&t, but without the g(uilt).  This post is packed full of exciting items…take a look…

12 Tonics to Christmas: Spanish Sunset

We are halfway through the #12TonicsToChristmas series and feeling nostalgic….

Inspired by my time spent in Barcelona, on balmy summer evenings strolling the bustling streets and dropping by a street cafe for a refreshing drink, as you watch the late sunset between the historic buildings.

It was only obvious to add this orange-and-rum creation to my #12TonicsToChristmas list.  Sit back and sip this drink as you think about what you’ve survived in 2018. 

Getting Festive with PEPPADEW®

The end of the year has arrived, and with it comes the highly anticipated season of family, fun and – of course – food! PEPPADEW®, the brand known for its universally-loved Sweet Piquanté Peppers, has developed 12 festive recipes, each a suitably bright and delicious addition to your Christmas table.

ONE Gin to Christmas!

New Harbour Distillery Gin – Spekboom // iGwanitsha Gin South Africa’s Carbon Neutral Craft Distillery It’s a beautiful day in the African bushveld and a perfect day for a local (and indigenous) gin.  As I enjoy the last selection of the Daily Drams gin advent calendar I couldn’t have asked for a better stage to…

2nd Gin to Christmas

Boplaas Gin The very elusive and rumoured Boplaas Gin was a surprise in my ginvent calendar! This finely crafted gin from the Klein Karoo (South Africa) is produced by the Nel Family of Calitzdorp. Boplaas is renowned for the wine it produces, however winemakers are not restricted to the wine presses.  KWV, which produces exceptional…

3rd Gin to Christmas

Ginologist Spice Where science meets gin…. I recall the humble, yet ambitious, beginning of this brand.  Now this is a staple in our drinks cabinet (for various reasons). My very first “gin tasting” experience was with this brand and everything I know know about the botanicals and “perfect serve” was presented by the passionate Gauteng-based…

4th Gin to Christmas

Tanqueray Gin – London Dry Gin Cheers to Charles Tanqueray!  This brave soul traded the church for the still.  And four days to Christmas some people would scoff and groan, but let’s be honest the best drinks were stoked by the monks and clergy. This traditional London Dry Gin has a proud 180 year tradition…

Malfy Gin Lemon Cake recipe

Here’s a Christmas cake recipe which does not conform to the tradition, however this version makes use of the Italian spirit of the Mediterranean. Ingredients to make Malfy Gin Lemon Cake: 50ml Malfy Con Limone Gin 225 grams soft butter (plus extra for greasing) 300 grams caster sugar 6 large eggs 350 grams plain flour…

5th Gin to Christmas

Malfy Gin – Gin from Italy distilled with lemons The poster-child of Italian decadence and a ocean-side lifestyle.  The crisp blue and yellow branding screams Italian clichés of fast cars, ocean breezes and tanned bodies. I can close my eyes and picture rows of sun loungers topped with miles and miles of brown legs crisscrossed…

Strawberry & Rose Syrup

It was a combination of inspirations, from the pink hue of The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company’s Pink Lady gin, to the discussion about French Toast topped with rich and velvety Mascarpone cheese, plump fresh strawberries then lightly drizzled with honey… Capturing all these flavours and showcasing the Pink Lady Gin was the challenge. …

6th Gin to Christmas

Cape Town Gin Company – The Pink Lady Gin In the spirit of Christmas, and a wonderful summer filled with sunshine and rain, I present my version of the Pink Lady Gin – in a refreshingly frozen state.  Take a look at my suggestion for this floral gin, and get the recipe for my Rose…

7th Gin to Christmas

The Woodstock High Tea Gin Time for a “spot of tea”  with Woodstock. Channeling my Alice in Wonderland vibes, I am feeling festive with a High Tea Gin, with flair!  Take a look at the Woodstock High Tea Gin, Balsimo Beads – Rose, Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic and a wedge of Lime. About the distillery…

8th Gin to Christmas

SALT RIVER GIN by Hope on Hopkins   About the Distillery A more contemporary style, the Salt River Gin brings South African flavours to the fore. Made using the London Dry one shot method, this gin is influenced by Hope on Hopkins’ distillery’s location based in the heart of the Western Cape: their Single Malt…

9th Gin to Christmas

Inverroche Amber We’ve gotten to the single digits and Christmas is approaching fast.  Here’s my 9th Gin to Christmas all the way from Stilbaai, Western Cape.  Festive greetings friends! Red bush, Rooibos tea flavours emerge to taste with hints of sweet toffee apples that give way to delicate florals. The spice returns towards the end…