Alchemy Bar and Blackstrap
Just a year old, alchemy has become the north Coast bar at which to be seen while enjoying live outdoor music. here, craft tipple gets an aesthetic dose of glam. old-fashioned cocktail recipes are presented in faceted glass goblets, with fresh fruit and herbs highlighting them with contemporary colour. Most of the drinks on offer are south african, with a strong focus on gin (and a g&t on tap!). Blackstrap, the in-house brand produced in its craft distillery on the same property, has just released a small-batch gin, named ginsala, inspired by the KZN sugar belt and the region’s fragrant spice markets.
It’s infused with botanicals used in the masala spice blend, a bold characteristic of the area’s renowned Indian cuisine. The distillery hosts tutored tastings and also offers the venue for hire, with the opportunity to be educated on the production of craft gin, and trying your hand at mixology. alchemybar.co.za; blackstrapcraft.com