South African Drinks

South African Drinks

South Africa are well known for their highly acclaimed wines, the first of which was established by Jan van Riebeeck, founder of the Cape Colony in 1659. South Africa are also famed for their whites; the crispy chenin blanc, the lively colombard and the popular SA reds of cabernet sauvignon and pinotage, their own grape variety by crossing pinot noir and cinsault vines in 1926.

Castle lager is their biggest selling, western-style beer, and is far removed from their traditional brew called Umqombothi, a low alcohol corn beer traditionally made by women and consumed only by men.

Amarula cream liqueur with fruit extracts from the Amarula tree, has to be one of South Africa's best known brands and one which features an elephant on the bottle. They're known for getting tipsy by eating the over-ripe fruit! Often drunk as a Springbok, a layered shooter of crème de menthe on the bottom with a top layer of Amarula cream.

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