At R40,000, this is a goblet-smacking extravagance


At R40,000, this is a goblet-smacking extravagance

Only three of these cocktails will ever be served on November 1

Senior features writer

Of all the craft gins in SA, it is a Scottish premium gin that has the audacity to charge R40,000 for a cocktail – only three of which will ever be served in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Umhlanga. A few weeks ago Hendrick’s Gin launched its “something marvellously unusual” cocktail, made from a small batch of handcrafted gin, to be served in Ardmore Ceramic Art goblets with a gold-plated rose petal.
The honey-coloured simulacrum served at the launch also contained a vermouth (produced from an award-winning Klein Constantia Vin De Constance wine, Hennessey XO), botanicals, and spices including saffron.
Handcrafted gin and a handcrafted batch of Barker and Quin tonic water, made with Svalbardi polar iceberg water and SA botanicals, contribute to the elite elixir, which was served in a teacup with a rose petal.
A single cocktail costs more than a bottle of the world’s most expensive gin, the Cambridge Distillery Watenshi, which sells for £2,000 a silver-leafed bottle.
Hendrick’s Gin SA master mixologist Marson Strydom said the unusual cocktail had notes of rose and cucumber, along with wild fig and pine needles. The replica we tasted of the rare cocktail far surpassed the other three (fine) cocktails on offer, the Gin Buck, the Orchard Collins and the Gin Mule, which will be available in 40 bars and eateries as part of the Gin ’O Clock summer range. Hendrick’s Gin SA brand manager Shaun Stemmett said the “something marvellously unusual experience” was created for the type of people who drove Ferraris and wore handmade timepieces.
Each of the goblets, with quirky animal figurines inspired by the Hendrick’s designs, are unique and could conjure up the extravagant experience long after it is over. The singular cocktail will go on offer at the Belmont Mount Nelson Hotel, the Oyster Box in Umhlanga, and the Marble restaurant in Johannesburg on November 1.

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