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The craft liquor trend shows absolutely no sign of slowing down and there’s an increasing number of homegrown distilleries popping up around South Africa who are meeting this trend. The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company and Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa will both be showing off their wares at Hostex powering Food & Hospitality Africa from 6-8 May at the Gallagher Convention Centre, so we chatted to both distilleries to find out more about what they offer.

“Gin has always been a popular drink due to its unique botanical properties and I think the increase in craft food and beer products has unlocked the interest of younger consumers to experiment with different flavours and cocktails,” says Jaco Boonzaair from The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company.

Established in 2015, The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company has a wide range of gins available, each with their own unique properties. “We have a Rooibos infused Gin and Rose and Hibiscus infused Pink Gin,” says Jaco. “The Rooibos is uniquely South African since it only grows in the Cederberg mountain area and is also a very popular tea internationally. The Pink Gin has wonderful floral aromas and is currently one of the fastest growing Gins in this category.”

From its Lowveld base in Limpopo, Qualito Craft Distillery produces infused vodkas, whiskey, gin and boutique cocktails. A new creation is set to launch at Hostex powering Food & Hospitality Africa – an alcohol-free gin!

Qualito was established in 2005 by head distiller Pierre Raubenheimer and his wife Loumarie. “I think South Africans have become interested in locally-produced craft spirits due to the fact that they want to be in charge of their own lives.  They want to choose and create their own cocktails,” says Loumarie Raubenheimer. “The market is more health conscious and appreciates quality of life.”

Apart from the alcohol-free gin Saint G&T that’ll be available at Food & Hospitality Africa, the distillery’s range of products includes the Grey Hawk single-grain craft gin; the aging single malt Heimer Whiskey; and craft vodkas infused with fruits such as watermelon and litchis.

Both company’s products offer unique opportunities for restaurants, hotels and bars to offer something interesting, different and wholly South African on their menus – The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company even offer Perfect Serve cocktail recipes if you’re looking for ideas.

For more information, visit The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company website and the Quality Craft Distillery website, or visit them both at Food & Hospitality Africa.

Food & Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex will be running from the 6 – 8 May 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre. The show is a not-to-be-missed event where you’ll be able to check out all the latest equipment, products and trends in the hospitality industry, as well as network with industry leaders. To register for free, click here and for more information on the show, click here.