Babylonstoren Bitterlekker A Nonalcoholic Summer Aperitif

Winona Griggs

Bitterlekker: A Delicious Non-Alcoholic Aperitif by Babylonstoren

This non-alcoholic aperitif tantalizes your taste buds with the flavors of blood orange, herbs, and botanicals.

I love the Babylonstoren gardens. They have this enchanting atmosphere with the scent of citrus blossoms lingering in the air, the aroma of sun-kissed herbs, and the buzzing of insects. It’s like stepping into a magical world where you can explore and discover edible and medicinal plants at every turn. Everything looks so effortlessly beautiful, from the insect hotel with its intricate textures to the hidden nest seat nestled among the trees. As you walk through the garden, you’ll find yourself surrounded by blooming clivias, following a shady path, and finally arriving at the glass-walled tasting lounge. Here, you can sip on the latest rosé while taking in the breathtaking views of the vineyard.

Bitterlekker: An Elegantly Refreshing Experience

If I were to describe a visit to Babylonstoren in a bottle, without any alcohol, this refreshing drink would be exactly what I envisioned. Bitterlekker is a special, gently sparkling blend of blood orange and a secret mix of plants from the garden, capturing the essence of the beautiful Cape Floral landscape in every sip. The charming 100ml glass bottles, neatly packaged in Delft-patterned cardboard six-packs, are a visual delight on their own.

The perfect time for Bitterlekker

Imagine taking a moment for yourself amidst a hectic day – whether it’s to quench your thirst after a swim at the beach or a game of padel, or simply to enjoy a relaxing sundowner. That’s what Bitterlekker hour is all about. And the best part? It can happen anytime during the day.

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When you hold those adorable little bottles in your hand, with their intricate twist pattern on the glass, it’s tempting to take a delicate sip. But the true magic of Bitterlekker is unleashed when you pour it over crushed ice. That’s when you’ll experience the full spectrum of tantalizing flavors – the bitterness, the lekker aromas of herbs, citrus, and other aromatic notes, all elevated by the deep warmth of honeybush. And it’s not just your taste buds that are in for a treat – the incredible scents will captivate your senses as well.

Bitterlekker is reminiscent of classic aperitifs like G+T or Campari, but it has a distinct character of its own. Plus, with zero alcohol, it’s the perfect summer refresher for those sophisticated moments when you want to enjoy something truly special.

From the garden to your door

At Babylonstoren, I can bring the farm-fresh goodness right to your doorstep. If you live in Cape Town, Pretoria, or Johannesburg, you’re in luck! You can now enjoy an array of beautifully packaged farm-fresh items delivered straight to your home. We’ve got it all – from freshly baked breads and pastries to buffalo-milk yoghurt, fresh farm eggs, meats, cheeses, recipe packs, soups and sauces, wine, olive oil, raw honey, baked goods, and even sumptuous scented spoils. And let’s not forget about our beloved Bitterlekker six-packs…

Start the New Year with Bitterlekker

This January 2024, a special offer awaits you. For every three packs you purchase from our online shop or directly from our Babylonstoren farm, you’ll receive a free six-pack of our famous Bitterlekker beer. Now that’s something to toast to!

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Price: R135 per six-pack
Delivery: Free nationwide delivery. Next-day delivery is available in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.
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