Celebrate Summer With Sedgwick’s Original Cocktails


On November 10th, Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown launched their new range of refreshing summer cocktails at Tjing Tjing Bar.   A range of eight cocktail recipes was created using the original “Obies” but adding a fresh touch to each.

Sedgwick’s is predominantly known for keeping us warm in winter, but have you ever thought of cooling down in summer with a refreshing Sedgwick’s Old Brown cocktail? This versatile fortified wine with its slightly sweet, rich taste calls for new memories to be made.

At the launch, we got to sample five of the eight cocktails.

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Each cocktail has a unique name and story that is brought to life with every sip. To whet your appetite, here are just two of them: Behind the cocktail for the Captain’s Rooms’ Riddle lies the story of the sailors who visited Captain James Sedgwick’s famous tavern in Cape Town. It was a jovial place where they’d meet to share their hair-raising stories about their adventures at sea.



A few had gained the privilege of sharing a very special drink – the few who knew the answer to the riddle: “If I have it, I don’t share it, if I share it, I don’t have it. What is it?” Only those who answered correctly got to taste it but were then sworn to secrecy. Only years later when the captain’s two sons inherited the business did they find the recipe to the secret drink and turned it into a cocktail, but the answer to the riddle remains a mystery to this day.



The Undine’s Hero’s cocktail commemorates the bravery of Ernst, a sailor on board Capt. Sedgwick’s tea clipper Undine who sported a magnificent orange beard. On a stormy return voyage to Europe the Undine wandered of course when it was attacked by a giant squid which wrapped its massive tentacles around the ship. It was only through the bravery of Ernst who sacrificed his magnificent beard, blinding the monster by stuffing it into the eyes that the ship survived. Sailors for years believed if you are in need of liquid courage, this is the drink for you!



“Obies” as we know it, was first produced almost a century ago and the captain Sedgwick’s dream still lives today in every bottle.  This summer, let us celebrate the original Obies, in a new way. I’ll be sharing more recipes in the next couple of weeks, for now, let me introduce you to The Alfred.

The Alfred
The Alfred


The Alfred 


One may think that the tale about the Alfred is all about Alfred Sedgwick, but it’s not.  It also involves a bee and a beautiful French beekeeper who Alfred met during his stay in France.  The story goes that Alfred was on a stroll when he was stung by one of her bees.  When they met he fell in love, but never told her.  On the day he left, he wrote her a letter, confessing his feelings.  Sadly, he dropped it at her door 10 minutes before a storm and the letter was washed away.  They never spoke again, but he created this cocktail as a reminder.



300ml Sedgwick’s Old Brown

1 cup crushed ice

Ice cubes to fill ¼ jug (+-18 cubes)

3 limes, squeezed / 60ml lime juice

2tbsp creamed honey

Sparkling water (to top it up)

3-6 lime slices

Fresh thyme





In a cocktail shaker, add the crushed ice, creamed honey and lime juice.  Stir and pour in the Sedgwick’s Old Brown.  Shake well.  Strain into a jug over ice cubes and top with sparkling water.  Garnish with lime slices and thyme.


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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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