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Fine Brandy.By Design – at Taste of Joburg 2012

Cool name, huh? Fine Brandy.By Design “is a collection of fine brandies that are changing how people see brandy, more especially how one consumes it.”

In plain English? Brandy cocktails, baby!

Introducing…The Franklin!

OudeMeester Demant, bitters and ginger ale, with lemon rinds. Oh Em Holy Crap – favouritist favourite!

Do yourself a favour and get down to the Taste of Joburg show at Monte Casino (started last night and on all weekend) and hit the Fine Brandy.By Design stand. They have the most delicious brandy cocktail and food pairing. Being a veggie, I had the mushroom risotto paired with The Franklin…twice…it was amazing.

For the meaties, they also had two meat options – I didn’t pay too much attention, but I seem to remember that they were some sort of pork belly and lamb dishes paired with brandy cocktails.

I am an absolute convert to the brandy revolution, if you haven’t realised yet. It’s no longer a drink for the old man in his library leather chair with his cigar, it’s freshened up and funky.

P.S. The Taste festival this year is really something to try out – I had so much fun tasting everything! I’d really recommend it for an evening out in Jozi. If you’re tweeting, hashtag is #TOJ2012 and handle is @TasteofJoburg


Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Bar – Central One

This one is a 5 star delight. Central One Bar & Restaurant in the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel. Quite pricey, but such a stunning venue for sundowners in Sandton. The service is impeccable.

If you like to pretend to be wealthy and famous from time to time like I do, just pop in here for a little drinkie-poo.

When the sunset fades, and the Sandton street lights start showing off, you have a breathtaking view of Sandton Central (the night lights photo below wasn’t actually taken from the bar balcony, but rather from the ZAR bar on the 12th floor – even more overpriced and rather quite dingy, but the view is amazing).

The Central Bar is really worth splashing out for a very overpriced cocktail (or whisky in my case) or two. The vibe is really nice – not the usual hotel vibe, but rather the kind where the people are there by choice, not necessity.

Perfect for tourists, as it is right opposite the Gautrain station in Sandton, and you will be treated like the princess/druglord that you are. Tee hee.