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Badenhorst 'Caperitif' Vermouth, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Badenhorst 'Caperitif' Vermouth, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

"Caperitif: The Ghost Ingredient Revived"

A Tale of Discovery and Revival

The mysterious allure of Caperitif, once a celebrated Cape Aperitif referenced in the legendary Savoy Cocktail Book, piqued the curiosity of Danish mixologist Lars Erik Lyndgaard Schmidt. His quest for this 'ghost ingredient' led him to the vibrant winemaking landscapes of South Africa, where he met Adi Badenhorst, a maverick winemaker with a penchant for the extraordinary. Together, they embarked on an adventure to resurrect South Africa's once-famed vermouth, marking the rebirth of Caperitif.

Crafting the Elixir

Caperitif is handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail, marrying Chenin Blanc wine with an infusion of 35 natural botanicals. These ingredients, many indigenous to the Cape Floral Kingdom's rich biodiversity, lend the aperitif its distinctive flavor profile. The production process, rooted in traditional methods, ensures each batch of Caperitif captures the essence of its unique terroir, from the grape to the glass.

The Essence of Vermouth

Vermouth's history stretches back to ancient Mediterranean villages, where it was revered as a medicinal tincture. This tradition of infusing wine with local herbs, flowers, and botanicals evolved over centuries, leading to the commercial vermouths we recognize today. Caperitif, with its blend of wine fortified by spirits, sweetened by grape sugars, and flavored with cinchona bark and a medley of botanicals, is a modern homage to this storied beverage.

Botanical Bounty

Caperitif boasts a rich tapestry of flavors, thanks to its diverse botanicals like grapefruit, konfettibos, rooibos, and wilde als. These elements contribute to its complex aroma and taste, making it a versatile ingredient in cocktails.

Rebirth and Recognition

The revival of Caperitif is not merely about reintroducing a forgotten ingredient; it's about rekindling a piece of South Africa's vinous history. Under the stewardship of Lars and Adi, Caperitif has regained its place in the world of mixology, celebrated in cocktails that range from the classic to the contemporary.

Cocktail Creations

Caperitif shines in cocktails like the "Durban" and "Gin and Cape," where its unique flavor profile enhances the overall complexity of the drink. These recipes offer a glimpse into the versatility of Caperitif, proving that this once-lost ingredient has much to offer the modern palate.

In Conclusion

The story of Caperitif is a testament to the enduring allure of history and the power of collaboration across continents. From the misty vineyards of the Cape to the pages of a classic cocktail book, Caperitif has journeyed through time to reclaim its place as a cherished mixology component. Its revival not only celebrates the rich biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom but also honors the legacy of pioneers who dare to dream and explore the boundless possibilities of flavor.


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