30 January 2018
Safari romance embodied in a gin

“The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire” - Winston Churchill

Having uncovered that quinine was a cure for malaria in the 1700's, the fabulous gin and tonic cocktail was created and soon became the drink of choice throughout all the British ruled tropical colonies. Mixing water, lime, sugar and gin to the quinine not only took away the bitter taste, but also made an extremely tasty concoction.

Today we know that sadly the amount of quinine infused gin and tonics that would need to be consumed in order to have any benefit against malaria, is humanly impossible. However the drink still stands as a firm favourite when on safari. A romantic connotation is attached to sipping an icy, limy gin and tonic while watching the sun set over the great plains of Africa. The gin trend that has taken the world by storm is just as addictive and intriguing at Tanda Tula.

The gin stops we surprise guests with out in the middle of the Timbavati bush give us the opportunity to showcase some of the amazing gins being created in South Africa today, and allow us to create incredible flavour combinations with some of these beautifully locally produced botanicals.

The most popular G&T mix at the moment is KWV’s Cruxland gin, combined with a sprig of rosemary, a slice of orange and some blueberries!

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” Casablanca

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