Kurt Schlechter, co-owner of Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen in South Africa's V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, has launched the exciting Cocktail Culture Club. This exciting new venture provides an educational platform for both drinks-industry professionals and general cocktail enthusiasts - and you are invited!
Following an exceptionally tough 2020, the club aims to revitalise the drinks community and provide downtrodden bartenders and brands with some much needed hope and re-introduce industry networking and skill-upliftment events.
“The South African bar scene is not back on track yet. Clearly we have a while to go before we can say it’s stable again - however, it’s time to dust ourselves off and remember who we are,” says Kurt.
Industry professionals and distillers/brand ambassadors to host cocktail evenings
Kurt explains that three guest speakers will present an evening: two bartenders will discuss cocktail topics of their choicen while a distiller or brand ambassador will teach us about the brand. These events are open to anybody who’s committed to do the research and present a PowerPoint.
While the talks are instructive, they are informal with an added bonus of discounted cocktails for attendees.
The Cocktail Culture Club is attached to the KG Schlechter Bartender Enrichment Fund, which aims to send a local bartender abroad every year, allowing them the opportunity to learn from – and network with – the global drinks community.
Kurt also revealed a plan to send one bartender to London Cocktail Week, and pointed out that only bartenders who attend Cocktail Culture Club may apply for this prize.
Proceeds from cocktail sales on the evenings go towards the fund, and additional donations from brands (or individuals) are welcome.
Topics and speakers to date have included:
- “The Suffering Bastard cocktail and the South African link” by Kurt Schlechter
- “Absinthe, Slivovica plum spirit and gin of Franschhoek Distillery” by Jonathan Lermer
- “Death in the Afternoon cocktail – bullfighting or just bull?” by Cassandra Eichhoff
- “Alter Schwede, Oxenstierner and other cool products of Blomendahl Distillery” by Frans Blomendahl
- “The Hanky Panky cocktail: Ada Coleman at her best” by Franco Hartzner
- “Hope Distillery’s brand new Rhum Agricole” by Leigh Lisk
The Cocktail Culture Club gathers every second Tuesday at Cause Effect, which was voted number 75 in the long list of The World's 50 Best Bars.
To request to be a speaker, or to make a donation to the fund, e-mail Kurt at email@example.com.
ABOUT CAUSE EFFECT COCKTAIL KITCHEN
Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy bar is an experiential cocktail bar inspired by Cape Town’s oceans, mountains, fynbos and vineyards. A visit here is a study in creativity, where you can witness how raw ingredients are transformed into flavour in the form of cocktail masterpieces. Cause Effect also takes great pleasure in offering some of the world’s finest and award-winning Cape potstill brandies.