The first event saw eight of South Africa’s top mixologists join media on a foraging excursion in the spectacular Cape Point Nature Reserve.
The day was hosted by local botanist Rupert Koopman, and foraging expert, Roushanna Gray, along with The Botanist global brand ambassador, Joanne Brown. The team were taken out into the reserve to learn about which local plants were edible and how to use them, a specialised knowledge in an area which is known for its high number of endemic plants and exceptional degree of biodiversity.
The following day the mixologists worked to develop their own unique foraged serves of The Botanist using the ingredients that they personally hand foraged.
These were presented to media, trade, and guests of The Botanist at the official launch event that evening, held at Haas. Guests were also treated to a 22 course tasting menu made from local hand foraged ingredients, developed by chef and foraging expert, Kobus van der Merwe. The winning cocktail was judged to be Gulliver’s Travels, created by Gareth Wainwright from The Landmark bar in Johannesburg. He has won a trip to the wild island of Islay to join top barmen from around the world for a special foraging experience with The Botanist.