The Perfect South African Wine Cocktail for Summer

Leading up to Leopards Leap’s December cooking classes featuring South African holiday food, why not try this South African inspired wine cocktail made with Rooibos tea, one of South Africa’s most recognizable natural products. Rooibos is known for its healing properties but lately it has developed a fun following as it is becoming a favourite cocktail ingredients for mixologist all over the world.

Also part of the recipe is the quintessential South African ingredient, cinnamon sugar! An integral part of the rich food heritage of South Africa it is reminiscent of favourites such as pancakes and pumpkin fritters.

Mix one of these and enjoy the South African summer – even if holiday is still a month or what away.

Recipe for a South African Summer Wine Cocktail

Rooibos-infused vodka


Makes 500 ml

500 ml quality triple-distilled vodka

30 – 40 ml Rooibos tea (whole sticks, not bags, such as Eleven o’clock Rooibos)


Pour the vodka into a glass jug and add the Rooibos sticks. Stir through, cover with plastic wrap and leave to infuse overnight.

Cinnamon sugar


Makes about half a cup

125 ml castor sugar

25 ml cinnamon


Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

For the South African-inspired Wine Cocktail


Makes 1 Wine Cocktail

10 ml cinnamon sugar

½ a thickly cut lemon slice (not a quarter, more like an 1/8th of a lemon)

3 – 4 fresh mint leaves

125 ml 2015 Leopard’s Leap Unwooded Chardonnay

15 ml Rooibos-infused vodka

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Small handful of crushed ice

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