Cape gooseberry cocktail

January 31, 2020 (Last Updated: January 23, 2020)
Cape gooseberry cocktail


Recipe and styling by Nomvuselelo Mncube

Photograph by Dylan Swart

Cape gooseberry cocktail

Serves: 4
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins + 1 hr, to chill


  • 500g cape gooseberries + extra, to garnish
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • 125ml (½ cup) castor sugar
  • 125ml (½ cup) white rum
  • 1L (4 cups) soda water
  • fresh mint leaves, to garnish



In a medium pot placed over medium-high heat, bring the gooseberries, water and sugar to the boil. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the gooseberries are soft, 5 – 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Using a stick blender, blitz until smooth. Strain out the solids and discard. Chill the juice for about 1 hour.


Divide the juice among 4 tall glasses, add the rum and top with the soda water. Garnish with the extra gooseberries and mint leaves.

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