Festive Cocktails in the Mother City

It’s festive season and that means spending time with friends and family, relaxing and living in the moment……

Over the years Cape Town has become one of the world’s leading holiday destinations. When one looks at what is on offer to holiday makers, this comes as no surprise. With wine routes and rich cultural heritage sites, shark cage diving and mountain climbing, Cape Town is known for its diverse collection of tourist attractions.

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As the cocktail revolution gains momentum, the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route, offers a festive season highlight like no other. With a variety of trendy venues across the peninsula, it’s hardly surprising that media are calling this the “ultimate cocktail route” and is a must for holiday makers and locals alike.

Having won multiple accolades on the international stage, SA’s finest brandies inspired the launch of the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route – the ultimate experienced-based initiative. The UBCR presents a unique way to explore and appreciate brandy against the diverse backdrop of the cosmopolitan Cape Town cityscape – twenty venues spanning the peninsula, from Houtbay to Blouberg, form a route unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

The bespoke menu at each venue is influenced by fresh and exotic ingredients including the likes of ginger liqueur, peach extract and even peanut butter.

All venues are firm favourites of mother city locals. From stylish and sophisticated to rustic or quirky, the UBCR ensures all visitors are thoroughly entertained.

Rikkis taxis, the official transport partner of the route, is on hand to take visitors on a brandy cocktail journey, exploring the sights, smells and tastes of the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route. Rikkis, in partnership with the SA Brandy Foundation, continues to support responsible drinking.

For more details, check out the UBCR facebook page.

About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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