Beat the booze ban

Shana Tova and a meaningful fast to all of our wonderful Jewish readers.


What! No more booze?

Can you believe the insanity of the new liquor by-law that has been passed in Cape Town?

If you don’t know what I’m on about, basically the law states that liquor trading hours in business centres will run from 11:00pm to 02:00am the following morning and trading hours in residential areas will be from 11:00am to 11:00pm. (See more here…)

Yoh! Think about it, you’re having a fabulous time at La Mouette in Seapoint or Myoga in Newlands and you order another bottle of wine to add to your sparkling conversation and the answer is, “No, sorry madam it’s 11:05pm”.

Silence. Mad gesticulating and waiter bashing will follow and probably a sulky, “Ok then, just bring the bill”.

Not too bad for us, it might save a liver or two, but the restaurants profit margins will certainly take a dip. Goodbye to all those late-nighters, waving more bottles of expensive wine and brandies to the table, getting more and more sozzled with not a worry in the world of the gargantuan bill to follow.

And perhaps you felt like some champagne with your breakfast sir? Sorry honey, come back at 11am. Harvey’s at The Winchester Mansions must be up in arms, there goes their famous jazz brunch.

Ah well, I guess we’ll have to have more dinner parties! Yehaaa, my favourite. All this libatory talk has got me thinking of some favourite drinky recipes.

Recipes with fuel

Ok we’ll start with a champagne and mango coriander cocktail and then go onto a steaming bowl of mussels with white wine. 

For the main affair you could try one of these taste bud popping dishes. Steak in a port and pepper sauce or chicken in white wine with mushrooms and how could I not include the more-than-delicious coq au vin.

For dessert my all-time favourite (ta-dah) crepe suzette. It is probably one of the most delicious things you’ll ever eat and you can curl your eyelashes and impress your guests with a flaming show at the table.

To top it all off there’s gorgeous little boozy balls of fun with these rum truffles or perhaps these seriously faint-worthy orange snaps with coffee and brandy marscapone.

If you’re wondering what to drink at your luscious get together have a gawk at our liquid gold wine pages.

So worry not people, we’re sorted.

Love and hangovers,


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