Fast-forward to full flavour this summer at the five-star Van Ryn’s Distillery close to Stellenbosch, where you can sip award-winning potstills and brandy cocktails in luxury.
Try the Bojito, a brandy-based mojito-style drink to keep your cool or the thirst-quenching Summer Pine, made with tangy pineapple and grapefruit. Beat the heat by taking up the temperature a notch with the spicy Van Ryn’s Ginger Infusion, made with ginger liqueur and hazelnut liqueur. For a hint of romance, try the Vintage Rose, a swirl of brandy, sparkling wine and rose syrup.
Cocktails change every month but all year round, Van Ryn’s offers its signature Angels’ Share, a seductive, celestial indulgence.
Prices range from R20 to R35 per cocktail.
Sip and savour on plump, plush couches in the distillery’s tasting area or take in the country air by sitting outside in the lovely lavender, gaura and rose garden under shady umbrellas.
In addition to glamorous cocktails, Van Ryn’s also offers freshly-baked cake and coffee, a decadent tasting of three of the brandies in the range with hand-made, customised chocolates and coffee, or freshly-baked Florentine biscuits carefully matched with the entire range of deluxe brandies. Delicious cheese and charcuterie platters are also available.
For more details of cocktails, brandy and food pairings, tours and brandies and other items to buy, contact www.vanryns.co.za or call 021 881 3875.