Thinking about South Africa, it’s a country that has it all: A rich history, beautiful landscapes, and some of the most outgoing, friendly people in the world. South Africans love to have a good time and entertain friends, family and tourists visiting the country.
In cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, you will find the finest bars and clubs with cocktails served by some of the best mixologists in the world. But what exactly do South Africans order? What are the most popular cocktails in South Africa?
Most ordered cocktails in South African bars and clubs
With incredible South African bars such as Sin + Tax and Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and world-class clubs like Kong and Cocoon, you can expect outstanding cocktails served while you dance the night away.
If you were wondering what cocktails you will be able to enjoy while watching the African sunset, look no further, we have listed the 12 most popular ones below:
- Porn Star Martini
An invention by Douglas Ankrah, the owner of LAB London, a bar in the heart of London. He was inspired to deliver a cocktail made with vanilla-flavoured vodka, Passoã, passion fruit and lime juice after a visit to the Gentleman’s club Mavericks in Cape Town. The cocktail is usually served with a shot glass of Prosecco.
- Pina Colada
Ah, the famous Pina Colada! South Africa’s fine weather might be the reason for this cool drink to make the list. There are many stories about this cocktail’s origin. One interesting tale is that an infamous pirate gave his crew a mix of rum, coconut, and pineapple to boost their morale. Another claim is that the cocktail was invented by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, from the Caribe Hilton Hotel, who served it at the hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in 1954. The cocktail is either served shaken or stirred with ice.
Sangria is the drink of history. Some believe it dates back to 200 B.C! While it’s difficult to confirm an exact date, we do know that its earlier versions were popular in England, Spain, and Greece. Ingredients consist of red wine, chopped fruit and usually some form of spirits. It’s a great cocktail to enjoy on a hot day in Cape Town!
- Espresso Martini
Looking for a cocktail that will give you the kick you need to get the night going? This wake-me-upper cocktail, invented by Drick Bradsell in the 1980s in London is the one! Made with espresso, vodka and coffee liqueur, this delicious cocktail is popular in nightclubs throughout South Africa.
Coming from Italy and fist mixed sometime during the early 1900s, this cocktail consists of gin, vermouth, and Campari. Served stirred, not shaken, over ice and garnished with a fresh slice of orange.
- Aperol Spritz
Aperol, Prosecco, and Soda make this cocktail a winner in the summertime. Having its roots in Italy, the Aperol Spritz is sure to have you wanting more.
- Long Island Iced Tea
A cocktail best enjoyed at a beach bar. Made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a dash of cola, the Long Island Iced Tea is a firm favourite among South African partygoers. The name is usually credited to Bob “Rosebud” Butt who is said to have invented the cocktail in 1972. As the story goes, Butt was a bartender in Long Island, New York, when a competition compelled him to mix the refreshing iced-tea-coloured beverage.
Cachaça (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar, and lime make up this delicious cocktail. But it’s not only South Africans that like it, Brazil has also claimed the Caipirinha as their national cocktail. It is best served in a flask shared by friends on a fun night out.
Who hasn’t enjoyed a delicious daiquiri in South Africa? This one has its origin in Cuba, but it is served and enjoyed in bars and clubs around the world. The most popular of the daiquiris are the Strawberry Daiquiri made with rum, lime, simple syrup, and strawberries.
Another Cuban cocktail made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint, is the Mojito. There are several different ways of making a Mojito, but the most popular is still the old classic served in a Collins Glass. Now that you know more about what to expect from cocktails served in South Africa, you know what to order and enjoy next when you visit one of South Africa’s top bar or club hot spots.Leave a comment