A new alcohol mixed drink has been launched, just in time for the hot summer festive season. Greenleaf + Terroir – or G+T for short – is a pre-mix of locally produced, small batch gin, and a craft tonic, served in easy-to-drink glass bottles.
The drink is crisp and refreshing, with a unique taste provided by the gin, which is distilled with Pinotage grapes grown in the Durbanville area, just outside of Cape Town.
“Gins get their taste from the distillation with juniper berries and the mix of botanicals that is unique to that brand. Many gins these days are using interesting, locally sourced botanicals to give their product a flavour that is distinctive to them. We decided to use gin distilled with South African Pinotage grapes – for what is more reflective of our Cape region than our locally grown wine grapes?” explained Rudolf Fourie from Greenleaf + Terroir.
Greenleaf + Terroir uses a base spirit that is mixed with distilled Pinotage wine, and is then distilled further with juniper berries, hand-peeled lemons and limes, coriander and fennel.
“We set out to make the best gin we possibly could – one that was uncomplicated, simple and sophisticated,” said Fourie.
Apart from the juniper berries, which are imported from Tuscany, all other ingredients are Proudly South African, being locally grown, hand-picked and selected.
The tonic is also produced locally, in partnership with Barker and Quinn. It is made in small batches, using all natural ingredients, from earth-friendly suppliers.
The idea for the brand came about after a group of friends in Cape Town, all successful in other areas of business, decided to try their hand at creating their own drinks brand. Seeing how the popularity of gin was growing around the world, they realised there was a gap in the market for a quality pre-mix. The result is an easy-to-enjoy, refreshing drink, that is perfect for summer afternoon, evening sundowners or just taking along to a braai.
Greenleaf + Terroir is best served over ice in a glass. The mix is delicious enough not to need anything else to be added, although many enjoy experimenting to make their own preferred serve by adding favourite garnishes – such as lemon, orange, berries or fresh herbs – or simply enjoy straight from the bottle.
Greenleaf + Terroir is currently available from Checkers LiquorStores nationwide; TOPS at SPAR stores in the Western Cape and KZN; selected Vida e Caffè’s; and in independent stores, including Norman Goodfellows, Roeland Liquors and Yuppiechef. RRP starts from R22.99 a bottle, or R89.99 for a four-pack.
For more information and for recipe inspiration, visit greenleaf-terroir.co.za
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