A sundowner is a much loved ritual and lucky for the liquor industry, the love of a  sundowner is not just a nature watching exercise. It’s one that is celebrated, one that is shared with friends, family or colleagues, and usually avid sundowner fans enjoy it with their favourite beverage of choice…

The Sundowner photo by @thewhiskeymcgee

The Sundowner. A ritual South Africans love. A Lot.

Whether it’s on the Highveld, watching the bright sun cast its final rays over the jacarandas and lush summer vegetation. Or a classic Capetonian sundowner overlooking the dreamy Atlantic as the streaks of cloud create nature’s ultimate artwork.

So in honour of the much-loved time of day and the joy of exploring great drinks, here are a few I would highly recommend. Purist, be warned, it’s not all sipping from a tasting tulip… Let’s get mixing!

The Ultimate Old Fashioned.

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 50ml Widow Jane Bourbon

Add the sugar and bitters to a tumbler, add the water, stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved. Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and gently stir to combine. And if  you remember to pack the orange rind… Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in. Cheers!

A South African on Holiday in Croatia

A sundowner, a truly flavoursome way to end the day.

 The Very Cloudy Chill

Place your favourite Very Cloudy expression straight into the cooler box with lots of ice to keep it chilled (or fridge), and serve the dram neat, and well chilled. Perfect end to a scorching hot summers day!

The Mix-Up

I warned you… So here it is…

  • Fresh slice of ginger
  • 50ml Very Cloudy Linkwood
  • Local ( ideally craft) ginger beer

Add ice and Linkwood to your tall glass, topped up with local ginger beer and a fresh squeeze of lime. It’s a refreshing and thirst quenching delight.

Cheers to an epic sunset!

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