7 of Joburg’s must-sip cocktails

The cosmopolitan may have been the queen of cocktails in the 90s thanks to Carrie Bradshaw and her girl gang, but no longer. It’s time to turn the classics on their heads and praise Joburg’s best spots that offer something a little more creative! Ready to get sipping pretty, girls?

For the fashionista
Licorish Bistro’s Gucci Martini lives up to its name – it’s the most glamorous tipple on the menu! Made with muddled watermelon and shaken with Hendrick’s gin, granadilla and apple and garnished with a fresh watermelon wedge, this super-pretty pink drink is the ideal summery sip! Nicolway Bryanston, Nicolway Shopping Centre, corner Wedgewood Link & William Nicol Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg. Details: 011 706 0991

For the sun lounger
There’s no cocktail more fitting for a leisurely lunch than Grand Central Café’s Pimms Cup. A delightfully large measure of Pimms No. 1 charged with ginger ale and garnished with fresh mint, orange, apple, lemon and cucumber slices, make this drink your go-to thirst-quencher. L20 & HL21 Melrose Arch, The Piazza, Melrose Arch, 38 Whiteley Road, Melrose North, Johannesburg. Details: 011 684 1506

For the caffeine addict
Do you prefer your espresso in a cocktail on weekends? Then The Landmark’s The Coffee is just for you! The creamy and subtly chocolaty drink is the most delish blend of Van Rhyn’s 10 Year Old Vintage Brandy, port, honey, bitters and egg – not to mention the perfect alcoholic spin on your beloved cup of java. Bryanston Shopping Centre, corner William Nicol & Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg. Details: 011 463 5081

For the calorie counter
Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the old tipple! The Big Mouth’s Cucumber Mint Mule that’s neither too sweet nor too strong is so crisp and refreshing that you’ll find it hard to believe that this tall drink of gin, cucumber, mint, elderflower, soda water and lemon is super-low in calories. Shop No 13 & 14 Nelson Mandela Square, corner Maude & 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg. Details: 063 293 8869

For the young at heart
Nothing gets the party started like Hudsons’ Berry Press. Served in a French press, this berry-licious drink of gin, sweet and sour and fresh berries topped with soda is a fruity take on the good old gin fizz. Just be warned – it’s ever so moreish! Corner 4th Avenue & 14th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg. Details: 011 268 0713

For the dessert lover
If you take your drinks on the sweeter side, you’re sure to fall in love with Glenda’s’ Salted Caramel and Popcorn Martini at first sip! The recipe may be a secret, but one thing’s for sure – this decadent drink will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. It’s not on the dessert section of the menu for no good reason, ya know! Hyde Square Shopping Centre, 285 Jan Smuts Avenue, corner Jan Smuts Avenue & North Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Details: 011 268 6369

For the champagne enthusiast
You know what they say – start the day with a smile and finish it with champagne. Or, should we say, The Steamworks’ Bubbly Bioshock! This classy sip made with sparkling wine, cherry and plum vodka, white cranberry and cranberry juice is as unique as it is exhilarating. Corner Forest Road & Sunset Avenue, Pine Slopes, Johannesburg. Details: 011 467 9721

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