Hope on Hopkins Distillery is a small artisanal distillery in the heart of Cape Town that prides itself on truly crafting its own spirits. Unlike many gin distillers they don’t buy in the base spirit to flavour, but prefer to make it themselves, so that you know where it (and their carefully sourced quality ingredients) comes from. Using South African grown malted barley, they cook, ferment over several days and then triple distil to make their base neutral spirit, a Single Malt Vodka – some of which is bottled for sale. They then go on to distil a fourth time, allowing the alcohol vapours to infuse through select botanicals.
They are the proud owners of the first stills to be licensed by the City of Cape Town: Mildred and Maude, as well as their little experimental still.
Made from 100% South African organic agave, this is their take on a tequila*. They ferment the agave on-site and then carefully distil it in Mildred, their beautiful stainless steel pot still. Designed as a sipping spirit, it is also good in classic tequila cocktails.
Hope on Hopkins take on a classic: made using the London Dry one-shot method, with their Single Malt Vodka as its base, they distill the spirit a fourth time to infuse it with carefully selected botanicals. Smooth and sophisticated with hints of citrus complementing rosemary and juniper. Serve with a twist of lemon or a sprig of rosemary.
A more contemporary style, the Salt River Gin brings South African flavours to the fore. Made using the London Dry one shot method, their Single Malt Vodka base is redistilled using a range of botanicals including juniper, hand picked kapokbos (or wild rosemary) from the Winterhoek Mountains, organic citrus peel from the Cederberg and buchu collected on...