An eruption of boutique gin distilleries, brands and bars are popping up all over the world, and Cape Town is one of the main cities to lead the craze. The most popular unique ingredients to beautifully infuse gin locally are fynbos – fine-leafed shrubs endemic to the area; and rooibos – a local caffeine free tea.
More than eight Cape Town craft gin brands have emerged and received wide acclaim over the last year including Inverroche, Hope on Hopkins, Woodstock Gin Co, Jorgensen’s Musgrave (which also sports a pink gin), Triple Three, Cruxland, and New Harbour Distillery – who is also a carbon neutral distillery.
Cape Town’s City Bowl also has two bustling dedicated gin bars – Mothers Ruin in Bree Street and The Gin Bar (behind Honest Chocolate); with the inventive new bar, Outrage of Modesty, using gin in many of their theatrical cocktails. Hope on Hopkins also offers tours and tastings in their distillery in Salt River.