looing for South Africa’s best gins? With 21 botanicals and a splash of both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, our February Gin Box gin choice, Southern Cross Gin, may just be South Africa’s answer to Monkey 47 Gin.
It’s true that many people consider Monkey 47 Gin (47% ABV, R680.00 per 375 ml) to be the best in the world. It’s made made in the Black Forest in Germany and gets its name from the fact that it uses a whopping 47 botanicals, rather than because it’s released at 47% (although we found using the namesake ABV was cute). From the first nosing, it’s clear that this is distinctly different from other gins on the market. There is a tremendous amount going on and an intense amount of complexity.
SA’s answer to Monkey 47 Gin
Allow us to introduce you to South Africa’s version of Monkey 47: Southern Cross Gin. Here is a beautifully complex gin with soft floral notes, hints of fresh citrus, aromatic spices and fynbos, inspired by the wild oceans at the southern tip of Africa. It’s truly delicious sipped on its own over ice, or with a good tonic and a sprig of mint.
Southern Cross Gin is a unique small batch gin with 21 botanicals, triple-distilled Pinotage grapes and seawater from both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Inspired by a love of Africa, all things nautical, intrigue for our southern skies and travel.
Made by master distillers Hope on Hopkins
Commissioned by Pete Gottgens of Asara Hotel, it’s made by Leigh and Lucy from Hope on Hopkins Distillery in Salt River. Leigh was inspired to develop a complex South African version of Monkey 47 and the result is exceptional. It is a superb gin and certainly a gin South Africa can be proud of. Get ready to enjoy hints of a wide variety of SA botanicals like African chamomile, Blue Mountain sage, Overberg buchu, Kapokbos, Rooibos and naartjies.
A gin dedicated to L’Agulhas
Pete Gottgens’ dream for Southern Cross Gin started with a big love for the ocean and as a little boy, he used to sail across the seas with his father pointing out the Southern Cross.
At the southernmost tip of Africa, where two oceans meet at Cape Agulhas and where Pete’s love for our ocean has settled for now, Southern Cross Gin was born.
Two very important ingredients in Southern Cross Gin include water from the Atlantic and Indian oceans, representing Cape Agulhas. The decision to include ocean water as part of the making of the gin was so as to pay respect to this vital resource and awe-inspiring natural force.
Smooth triple distilled Pinotage grape with aromatics from 21 botanicals, led by fresh floral notes, minerality on the mid-palate, followed by subtle citrus and hints of spice coming through gently on the back palate.
Southern Cross recommended serve
Signature cocktail: 50ml Southern Cross Gin, 50ml Passion fruit mixed with simple syrup, sprig of fresh mint, ice & tonic.
Long gin cocktail: 50ml Southern Cross Gin, sprig of fresh mint, ice & tonic.
Short gin cocktail: 50ml Southern Cross Gin served over a single ice ball with a sprig of mint – Remember to slap the mint!
Garnish suggestions: Rosemary, mint, passion fruit, grapefruit peel, thyme
Tonic water suggestions: Fitch & Leedes Indian Tonic Water, Barker & Quin Light at Heart, Barker & Quin Indian Tonic Water
Southern Cross Gin Botanicals
African Camomile, Blue Mountain Sage, Overberg Buchu, Kapokbos (Wild Rosemary), Fennel, Coriander, Lemon & Orange Peel, Pepper, Clove, Cardamom, Blue & Blackberries, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Rooibos, Sage, Angelica Root, Naartjie, Jasmine and Scottish Juniper.
A complex nose with fresh, fragrant floral notes, hints of minerality and tropical spices.