The Botanist Gin: launch

The Botanist

As part of the launch of The Botanist gin in South Africa, media and top mixologists from around the country were invited on an experience at Cape Point Nature Reserve to understand the concept of foraging.

The day was hosted by local botanist Rupert Koopman, and foraging expert, Roushanna Gray, along with The Botanist global brand ambassador, Joanne Brown. The team were taken out into the reserve to learn about which local plants were edible and how to use them, a specialised knowledge in an area which is known for its high number of endemic plants and exceptional degree of biodiversity. 

The mixologists used the knowledge and the samples that they collected to create their own unique serves of The Botanist, containing the foraged ingredients.After The Botanist foraging day, the mixologists worked to develop their own unique foraged serves of The Botanist using the ingredients that they personally hand foraged. These were presented to media, trade, and guests of The Botanist at the official launch event that evening, held at Haas.

Guests were also treated to a 22 course tasting menu made from local hand foraged ingredients, developed by chef and foraging expert, Kobus van der Merwe. The winning cocktail was judged to be Gulliver’s Travels, created by Gareth Wainwright from The Landmark bar in Johannesburg. He has won a trip to the wild island of  Isaly to join top barmen from around the world for a special foraging experience with The Botanist. 

You can read more about the evening at City By Mouth, Womenstuff, Cape Town My Love and Mudl. 

Or watch Joanne Brown, Global Brand Ambassador for The Botanist, showing News24 how to use fynbos in cocktails.

The event was pulled together and managed by the legends over at COW Africa. Photos by Jason Hermann.