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    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.

    Imka Webb

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