Summer’s here and Social Kitchen & Bar is enticing its guests to sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view of Joburg with a cocktail in hand. What’s even better, though, is that they’ve captured the book surrounds (the restaurant is based inside Exclusive Books in Hyde Park) through an inspired cocktail menu that’s themed by literary classics. The menu was created by World Class cocktail competition winner Dom de Lorenzo, and each of the cocktails reflect the story of the book as well as the flavours and ingredients from each story.
The cocktails on offer on the summer menu are:
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Inspired by this science fiction novel’s iconic character, Griffin, this cocktail is filled with bourbon, apple, Christmas spice and vanilla, The Invisible Man is deliciously deceptive. It will come to your table looking
like a glass of water but the taste will take you on a beautiful journey to Christmas and back.
Ulysses by James Joyce
Heralded as the best novel of the English language the Ulysses cocktail matches the book by taking you on a deep journey of flavour. Beginning with light floral and raspberry notes, then moving into a touch of nuttiness and
finishing off with delicate vanilla and caramel, this cocktail will be hard to put down.
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
There is nothing more passionate than a woman in love and Lawrence’s emotive work comes to life in this heart-inspired cocktail. With spices from the Don Julio as a forefront, to the delicate grapefruit and vanilla notes working in perfect harmony, this cocktail will keep you coming back for more.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Much like the book, The Call of the Wild, is for adventure and nature lovers. Inspired by all things natural, this earthy cocktail with cucumber water, a touch of elderflower and a splash of apple soda is then brought to
life with Ketel One. It’s an adventure on your tongue.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Wine purists might tell a tall tale about this one, but when they taste the extraordinary combination of crisp South African wine, fresh apple juice and vanilla, shaken together with Ketel One, they will only have reason to
The Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein
Inspired by the book, one sip will transport you into a suspended animation. This is a drink of science fiction proportions, enticing you with its gin, ginger ale and fruity tones. For the brave.