Photography: Mike Eloff | Life of Mike
Following on from their exclusive media preview events, The Botanist gin will be hosting bespoke gin experiences over the next two months in Cape Town and Johannesburg. With only 30 seats available at each, we are giving away 3 double tickets to the Cape Town (13 July) and Johannesburg (20 July) tasting evenings.
If you haven’t noticed Slaapstad is sprawled with hipsters and with long beards and second hand clothing, comes a love for craft beer, artisanal spirits and the aristocratic Juniper Berry liquid. With bespoke public houses opening on every corner it is no wonder The botanist Gin is on the search for the best blender behind the bars of The Mother City & Jozi. Next month a unique pop up concept, THE FORAGER, is opening it doors. Presented by The Botanist Gin, it will see a limited number of pop up evening events taking place between June and August in unconventional, secret urban spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Each event will be intimate hosting just 30 guests, who will enjoy unique gin serves and a selection of food experiences inspired by the local environment. Tickets are R350pp and are available online HERE:
“Last year we introduced local bartenders and gin enthusiasts to The Botanist, a super-premium artisanal gin, hand-crafted on the wild Hebridean island of Islay. We watched the premium gin market boom as South Africans welcomed the concept of artisanal gins and an influx of new local variety. This year we are taking the philosophy of foraging and foraged mixology further by creating unique and memorable experiences that bring this concept to life,”
-Simone Burns, South African Brand Manager, The Botanist Gin.
Creating Local Botanist inspired Gin:
In the lead up to each event at THE FORAGER, three of Cape Town and Johannesburg’s finest bartenders will attend bespoke foraging experiences (as pictrd above) led by local foraging experts, the bartenders will personally hand forage indigenous and seasonal ingredients to create a unique foraged serve of The Botanist Gin with a local twist.
Then, on each night at THE FORAGER, the bartenders will compete in a challenge to craft the most interesting serves using The Botanist Gin and their own locally hand foraged botanicals. These will be presented to guests who will then cast their vote for the cocktail they felt was the most inspired.
At the end of THE FORAGER series, the bartender with the most votes and highest score will win an all-expense paid trip to the home of The Botanist Gin in Islay to experience first-hand the philosophy behind The Botanist and foraging in the Hebrides.