Tracks On The Rocks #6 - South Africa
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Nov 02, 2021
10 January 2019
A beautiful patchwork of different sounds, rhythms and influences, South African music is amongst the richest and most diverse on the planet.
And the local cocktails are nothing to frown at either! In fact, you’ll find they’re just as colorful, vibrant and surprising as their musical counterparts.
Not familiar yet? Here are 3 of our favorite South African tunes and cocktails to get you up to speed.
Ama-lekkerlicious: Letta Mbulu – Nomalizo
Created in 2011 by Kurt Schlechter from Cause Effect, the award-winning Ama-Lekkerlicious is a beloved staple of South African drinking culture. Sweet and fruity with a hint of tangy bitterness, we get why this refreshing brandy tipple has such universal appeal. We think it’s best enjoyed to the tune of downtempo pop track Nomalizo, which has achieved a cult status of its own among music aficionados around the world.
Dip the lip of a whiskey glass into orange sherbet. Combine 25 ml brandy, 12.5 ml peach syrup, 50 ml cranberry juice, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 3 splashes of bitters in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into your glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist and enjoy!
Fynbos: Black Coffee – You Need Me feat. Maxine Ashley & Sun El Musician
Invented by Johannesburg bartender Eugene Thompson, the Fynbos is a gingery, herby brandy cocktail featuring rooibos tea, another famous national export. Perfect for easy before or after-dinner drinking, accompanied by this smooth melody from world-famous South African DJ Black Coffee.
Combine 50 ml brandy, 50 ml rooibos tea, 25 ml sugar syrup, 12.5 ml ginger liqueur, 1 teaspoon honey and a dash of bitters in a shaker with ice. Shake well until cold, strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Elephant’s Reverie: Sho Madjozi – Shahumba ft. Thomas Chauke
Made from the fruit of the Marula tree — also locally called the Elephant tree or the Marriage Tree — South African cream liqueur Amarula has a distinctive flavor featuring notes of caramel, pepper, and a hint of citrus. Paired with Frangelico and cream, it turns into the ultimate boozy treat, almost like dessert in a glass. That’s the Elephant’s Reverie: a rich and velvety drink to fire up all your senses, perfect alongside this stellar tune by singer, songwriter, rapper and poet Sho Madjozi, one of South Africa’s fastest rising stars whose art and signature style reflect her pride in her Tsonga heritage. On this track, she is accompanied by Tsonga music legend Thomas Chauke.
Combine 60 ml Amarula Cream, 30 ml Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, 15 ml pouring cream and crushed ice in a shaker (shake) or blender (brisk blend). Pour into a highball glass and garnish with a sprinkle of chocolate powder and fresh cherries.