The South African gin scene is exploding. Gin lovers from across the country are foraging juniper berries to infuse their own blends of this cure-all tonic - and some have even made a breakthrough onto the market. But thanks to their careful attention to detail and homage to our unique heritage, the Cape Town Gin Company has become a local institution.


The Cape Town Gin Company drew inspiration from the roaring 20s - a golden era of jazz and gin-fuelled parties - for the design of both their bottle and label. But the origins of gin can be traced back to the 17th century, when it was used as an all-purpose medicine. In time, they infused it with juniper berries to conceal the taste, at which point the wonder tonic's popularity soared.

On their journeys to the East, the Dutch trading ships were well stocked with jenever (for its medicinal properties, of course) and it wasn't long until its use spread across the world. It acquired the name, "Dutch Courage", from British troops during the Thirty Years War in the early 1600s. By the time they got back to Blighty, the drink had already reached chemist shops, but soon went viral as a recreational drink of choice. At the time, it was also cheaper to make than beer.

Rhapsody in Red

Cleverly intertwining colonial and local heritage, the Cape Town Gin Company introduced Rooibos to the mix. They infused organic, handpicked Rooibos, orange peel and cinnamon with their classic, juniper-rich gin, which lends the Rooibos Red its flamboyant red colour and distinctive Rooibos taste.

The Rooibos Red can be enjoyed as a sippin' gin with tonic water or with Rooibos iced tea as a long drink.

Tasting Notes

  • The juniper, orange and cinnamon flavours combine harmoniously with the earthy, slightly sweet and nutty flavour of the Rooibos

Pairing Suggestions

When it comes to pairing, gin is a highly versatile drink. Salty, spicy and smoky flavours work really well. Tapas are a great idea - with salami and chorizo as the main attraction. Smoked salmon, cured meats and even smoked cheeses compliment this drink beautifully. Fruits and ice-creams will also add a deliciously sweet dimension to the party. It also goes very well with jazz.