Gin Is In!

Gin is in…… and in a BIG way!  Certainly no longer known as an ‘old woman’s drink’, craft gin has taken the world and South Africa by storm.

Gin is a neutral tasting spirit made from grain.   Its distinctive aroma and flavour come from the common ingredient of juniper berries.  With its neutral taste, distilleries have a great deal of creative license as to how to flavour the gin which can range from citrus to fynbos and everything floral in between.

And then there are the crafted gin cocktails.  At Kanonkop House, owners Mark and Adele were looking for ways to make the Kanonkop House experience even more unforgettable.  After a romantic night sitting at the Kanonkop Bar staring at a gorgeous setting sun and the stunning Knysna lagoon, the idea of a Gin Bar was born.

Bar lounge

A journey down the Garden Route and on to the Western Cape culminated in a collection of unique, African flavoured craft gins.  And then it was time to set their imaginations free.  A lot of mixing, testing, tasting and guinea pig friends and family members and a complete menu of gin cocktails is the result!


The Ultimate G&T
Any craft gin of your choice topped up with tonic and a dash of lemon.

Pink Delight
Any craft gin of your choice topped with rose and cucumber pink tonic.

Pink Musgrave Gin with Strawberries and Pepper Corns
A tot of Pink Musgrave Gin, topped up with Rose and cucumber infused tonic with a sprinkling of pepper corns and fresh strawberries.

Celemengold Rosemary G&T
A tot of Clemengold craft gin with a dash of orange, wheel of lime and a sprig of rosemary.

Spicy G&T
A tot of Six dogs Karoo Gin with a dash of tonic, tabasco sauce and a chili served over ice.

Cucumber and Basil G&T
A tot of Triple Three Juniper Berry Craft Gin splashed over cucumber slices and basil leaves. A twist of lime, topped with tonic.

An African Sunset
A tot of Triple Three African Botanicals topped with tonic and garnished with a stick of cinnamon.

Hibiscus, Cucumber and Grapefruit
A tot of Whitley Neill protea and hibiscus gin served with a slice of cucumber, a slither of grapefruit topped with tonic.

Sun Kissed G&T
A tot of Triple Three citrus infused Craft Gin, tonic, gloves and a slither of orange.

Bewitching G&T
A tot of Six Dog Blue, a dash of tonic on the side and a sprig of mint – watch the magic happen!

A Twist of Ginger
A tot of Musgrave 11 Craft Gin topped with spicy ginger beer garnished with a sprig of mint and a twist of lemon.

Spicy Red Snapper – A Bloody Mary with a Twist
A tot of Black Mountain Karoo Gin topped with tomato juice, a sprinkle of lemon juice, a drop of Worcestershire sauce. Season with tabasco, salt and pepper and garnish with a stick of celery.

I am told that the secret to a great gin is one part gin and two parts tonic water.  Could it be time to visit Kanonkop House to sample their menu?


About Kanonkop House

Award-winning Kanonkop House, (voted in the Top 25 Best Small Hotels in Africa-2018) is an elegant boutique hotel set in a private indigenous forest with unsurpassed views of the famous Knysna Lagoon and iconic ‘Heads’.

Kanonkop House

Kanonkop House is family owned and run and offers travelers a tranquil space to enjoy relaxed luxury and personal attention. The complimentary and elegant guest bar is a warm and social meeting place and scrumptious breakfasts and afternoon high tea are enjoyed under umbrellas on the patio. Beautiful linens, fine finishes and artwork, with comfortable lounge areas and special touches make each room unique. Glass sliding doors open to wooden decks and terraces overlooking the indigenous gardens, private forest and superlative water views.

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Situated just 5 minutes from the center of town it’s the ideal location to explore the local shops, activities and world-class golf, which can be arranged at discounted rates through our corporate memberships. After a long day of exploring, enjoy an in house massage at the pool, therapy room or privacy of your suite.

View rates and details about Kanonkop House here

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