Cock­tail Cor­ner

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

Bar: Kloof Street House Ad­dress: 30 Kloof Street Hours: 021 423 4413 Cock­tail: Tree of Life Price: R60 In­gre­di­ents: Earl Grey tea, ries­ling white wine, green grapes, Belvedere Vodka, vanilla sugar and torn basil SOME­TIMES, if you have the cash to spare, it’s worth pay­ing a lit­tle more for a good drink. The Tree of Life makes for a good change from the sweet fare I am so of­ten ex­posed to for this col­umn,

Chris Zoeller, Kloof Street House’s gen­eral man­ager, says he makes the drink by first mud­dling grapes with basil then build­ing it over crushed ice. He gar­nishes the glass with basil and skew­ered grapes.

The drink had sub­tle flavours of vanilla but still held a dry taste. The tex­ture was slightly pulpy, and halved grape chunks were vis­i­ble.

The drink is big on savoury flavours, not mask­ing the vodka flavours with fruity purées.

Kloof Street House is an or­na­men­tal vin­tage eye­ful: from the suit­cases that look like they are hold­ing up the bar counter to the framed mir­rors, bird cages, palm tree pots and fire­places.

In win­ter, it is open on Sun­days from noon to 3pm, Mon­days from 5pm to 11pm and Tues­days to Satur­days from noon to 11pm. – Wendyl Martin Twit­ter:@WendylMartin


HIGH STREET: Kloof Street House man­ager Chris Zoeller with the Tree of Life.

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