UBCR : Park Inn and Jackal & Hide

I was given the opportunity to explore the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route in Cape Town this month. Now, brandy is something I know absolutely nothing about, except that it's normally enjoyed with Coke. Thankfully, that was definitely not on the menu this month.

The Urban Brandy Cocktail Route comprises a selection of restaurants, hotels and bars who have all committed to showing people a new side of brandy, in conjunction with SA Brandy. Naturally, this means cocktails - and I've yet to meet a cocktail I didn't want to try.

We were collected from home by a Rikkis London Cab - after all, the evening was about drinking - let's be responsible, before reaching our first destination - Park Inn Cape Town. The Sunroof Terrace on the 11th floor allows fantastic views of the city, with a rather large deck - but as it Saturday was more drizzle than sunshine, there are not many places to sit if the weather isn't on your side.

We started with the Ama-Lekkerlicious, and Klipdrift Gold Julep - although the Julep went down pretty quickly, the Ama-Lekkerlicious was the clear winner of that round. Here's the recipe if you want to try it at home:

Ama – Lekkerlicious
A cocktail made for the city slicker. Its base is KWV brandy infused with triple sec, fresh lemon juice, peach syrup and cranberry juice - all shaken and served in an enticingly garnished glass.

25ml brandy
12.5ml triple sec
15ml fresh lemon juice
 Dash of bitters
12.5ml peach syrup
50ml cranberry juice

It was then time to move on - thanks Rikkis - as we headed to Jackal & Hide in Kloof Street. As an uncool Cape Town kid, it was my first time here - and to be honest, anywhere on Kloof Street. I approached with caution. A bohemian-inspired restaurant / bar / venue, I had no expectations. We ordered another Ama-Lekkerlicious, before trying a few of their brandy-inspired. Sexy Science Elixirs. The four we tried were inspired by Envy, Lust, Trust and Rage - but they change often. I had Envy - with flavours of green apple and ginger beer, I was very happy with my choice.

Then - the surprise of the evening - the food. Tender, lemony squid, oxtail croquettes and tempura broccoli took centre stage in a delicious platter. Along with kebabs (chicken and lamb) and dips - we were well, and deliciously, fed. While I was told that Jackal & Hide served food, I wasn't expecting it to be quite as good. Actually, I'm still thinking about that squid, almost a week later.

They offer a revolving menu of brandy cocktails - some a little more traditional - along with the ever changing selection of Sexy Science Elixirs. If you're in the area (or actually, even if you're not) - visit them for a few drinks and try out the amazing food for yourself.

Actually, to make this a little easier - how does a R300-00 brandy cocktail voucher sound? Read on.

Together with the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route, I'm giving away a R300-00 brandy cocktail voucher from Jackal & Hide, to a Cape Town reader. 

To enter - simply tell me what would be in your dream brandy cocktail.
Tag me (@AGorgeousLifeSA) with the hashtag #ubcr

Winner announced on Friday, 28 November.

This post is sponsored by the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route. All images and views are my own. Images taken with a Canon EOS 600D from Loot.co.za


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