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a ginger brandy and rooibos cocktail

a ginger brandy and rooibos cocktail

This is the Ellerman House Fynbos Cocktail and its totally delicious and uniquie. Shaken with ice and poured into a martini glass with a twist of lemon its a perfect aperitif to kick off an evening out.

Ellerman House

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot few cocktails for this exclusive luxury hotel following on from the menu shoot I did there in winter. Its so easy to take pretty pictures at this private venue. You literally point your camera in any direction and it picks up something beautiful. The views, the jaw droopingly beautiful art scatttered all over the place (inside and out) and the lovely building with all its interesting nooks and crannies. Continue Reading →

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tigers milk – its a cocktail and its a restaurant

Tigers Milk - its a cocktail

I was introduced to this cocktail at the opening of the fabulous new Tigers Milk on Long street in Cape Town and it was love at first sip. Its got tequila, sharp lime flavours and an undertone of coriander with a hint of chilli. Coconut milk and fresh pineapple juice smooth things out making this my new favorite tequila drink.

Tigers Milk, Long Street, Cape Town

Tigers Milk, Long Street, Cape Town

Tigers Milk  or leche de tigre, is the Peruvian name for the marinade used to cure cerviche. Basically the delicious juice that is left behind when you eat this stunning seafood dish, and one of my absolute obsessions (heres my recipe for it). This cocktail takes aspects of these flavours and makes it more drinkable. You can adjust the quantities to suit your taste buds. Add more tequila and lime if you like it stronger and less pineapple juice if you dont want it too sweet. I played around with the ingredients a few times and came up with something I really like. Or, if you are in Cape Town, pop on over to Tigers Milk and get them to make you their version.

The mushroom burger at Tigers Milk, Long Street, Cape Town

I shot some of the menu and stunning interior at this funky new Cape town spot last week, and these are my pics. The food is unashamedly ‘dude food’ and exactly what I like to eat when I’m out for a few drinks. The burgers are delicious and if you like truffle, the truffle mushroom burger with bacon is insanely good. Served with home-made french fries which makes all the difference. The pizzas are baked in a wood fired oven and have crispy thin bases and tasty toppings such as lamb shank and pork belly. They do steak, ribs and prawns and a few other delicious things. Bar food with a bit of class. Continue Reading →

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frozen watermelon daiquiri

frozen-watermelon- daiquiri

This is one of those drinks I wish I had discovered long ago. I wish my mother had given it to me as a child (without the alcohol of course). It’s all watermelon fruit, so apart from the calories it has some health benefit. It’s a cross between a slushy and a sorbet and it’s utterly thirst quenching. You could easily make it for a brunch, or even just as breakfast.

The idea to make this was given to me by my friend Kristy who also happens to assist me on food styling TV shoots. Her boyfriend makes these for her all the time. I made my versions with coconut water, which I love, and find when added to a cocktail, makes the drink so much more tasty and thirst quenching. I made a strawberry and coconut water cocktail before which was stunning, so I decided to add a splash to this frozen watermelon daiquiri. A few basil leaves freshened it all up but mint would work brilliantly.

I used the same method as I did with my frozen pineapple daiquiri, and I froze the pieces of watermelon before, so no ice is required. This is such a cool thing to do (pardon the pun), because you can take fruit into another season simply by storing it in your freezer. I currently have a variety of fruit in my freezer waiting to be turned into something else. It could be jam, ice cream or a cocktail. Who knows. Continue Reading →

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frozen pineapple daiquiri

frozen-pineapple-daiquiri

I had a lot of pineapples, it’s the middle of Summer, so a frozen pineapple daiquiri seemed like a natural progression. I also had a friend banging on about how talented he is at making them, but has never actually invited me over to taste his,  so I decided to whip one up myself and show him that I can do it too.

So easy.

I don’t even have a blender.

My food processor worked just as well, and they are quite lovely without the rum too – aka a virgin frozen daiquiri.

I use half-frozen pineapple and half unfrozen. It just seemed to make sense to me to do it like this. I also think it’s an improvement on my friends technique of using just ice and fresh pineapples (wink wink). All from freshly cut beautifully ripe pineapples of course, I wouldn’t roll with tinned fruit here.

I assume a blender will work more efficiently, but in my food processor, I just kept it going until the ice was ground up and the mixture become light and fluffy. Almost frozen smoothie-like. It should be thick enough that it forms a soft peak in your glass.

Oh and I always have a sugar syrup on hand for these spontaneous cocktail-making sessions. It’s important that it’s readily available because it needs time to cool. Make this by boiling up water and sugar in a ratio of 2:1 until you get a thick consistency. Once the sugar has dissolved completely, boil it for about 3 minutes and then allow it to cool. This can be stored in a jar for ages or years.

I think next time I might make things more interesting and infuse fresh mint or vanilla into the sugar syrup. Both go so well with pineapple.

This is enough to make 2 medium frozen pineapple daiquiri’s: Continue Reading →

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strawberry mojito with a ginger, basil and mint infusion

strawberry mojito with a ginger, basil and mint infusion

strawberry mojito with a ginger, basil and mint infusion

strawberry mojito with a ginger, basil and mint infusion

I’m in such a good mood I could jump up and down with joy. I have managed to plough through a series of deadlines and can now see light at the end of the tunnel. This is the home stretch to Christmas and the end of the year, and I think we are all ready get our holiday on. In cape Town this means gorgeous Summer days on the beach, sunset picnics and plenty of parties. This delicious strawberry mojito with an infusion of ginger, basil, mint and black pepper is just the thing to get you into the swing of things. Continue Reading →

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