5 drinks of South Africa

Okay, so we’ve talked a little about the best food South Africa has on offer. But what about the drinks? What are you expected to take along to your next Braai?

South Africans are big on beer, but they also produce some of the best wine in the world too. But that isn’t the end of it. Here we’re going to look at 5 of the best drinks in SA.

Amarula Cream – This is usually drunk after dinner. It’s a cream liqueur made from the fruit of the marula tree. These fruits are popular in the animal kingdom too, and there have been some cases of anilmals getting drunk from the fermented fruit.

Van der Hum liqueur – A blend of brandy, wine, spices and naartje peel this is named after the Admiral Van der Hum of the Dutch East India Company (they were quite fond of the drink apparently.) It was distilled by housewives for a long time, before being bottled officially.

Mampoer – This is a powerful brandy that’s not too different to American Moonshine. Made from a range of fruits it’s usually put together by housewives throughout the country. Be careful, it has a real kick to it.

Rock-shandy – This non-alcoholic drink involves half lemonade, soda water and then a dash of Angostura, a touch of lemon and lots of ice. It’s perfect for those hot days when you need something refreshing on those hot summer days.

Rooibos – This drink has been adopted across the world and is known the world over as a popular health drink. It’s been a hit in South Africa for generations and is often served with lemon or honey. The bush from which the drink originates is native to the Cederberg Mountains and is high in caffeine and anti-oxidants.