The Southern Ocean; a vast expanse of blue-black water heaving and groaning with forty foot waves and tempestuous winds that could blow the beard right off a man. It takes some kind of crazy to visit this place and certifiable madness to call it ‘home’.
SALVATION ON THE ROCKS
When 17th century Dutch mariners rounded the Cape straight into the teeth of the great Southern Ocean, they considered themselves unlucky not to have been dashed upon the rocks of Cape Point. But, real excitement for an explorer is the thrill of not knowing what you’re going to find around the next bend.
A MIGHTY WANDERER
As these adventurers, cowering and clinging to the masts, looked to the heavens and searched for their absent Gods, there appeared a mighty wandering bird effortlessly gliding on the winds of the white squall without a worry in the world; they called it Mallemok – The Mad Gull.
A SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE
Mallemok Vodka, like its namesake, is instilled with a spirit of effortless independence and owes its provenance and indeed its unique flavour to the wild cold winds of the great Southern Ocean that blow South-East across the world famous grape growing vineyards of the Cape Peninsula.
The Cape is revered for its wines, with Chenin Blanc in particular thriving in the Swartland Valley where our grapes are from. The harsh African Sun and the cool evenings brought by the icy winds of the Southern Ocean create outstanding conditions for growing these grapes.
Good water makes good Vodka. Period. So we use mineral rich, sandstone filtered water straight from the Table Mountain Aquifer - an abundant, naturally filtered water resource of fabled purity.
Mallemok Vodka is distilled at a cooler temperature, which allows the Vodka to retain its Chenin Blanc Grape character and results in a velvety mouth feel and full flavoured liquid - you’ll only ever want to drink it neat.
Mallemok Vodka is made in small quantities using only handpicked Chenin Blanc grapes and single filtered for full flavour - our biggest challenge is making sure there is any left to bottle.
37,5ml – Mallemok Vodka
25ml – Chilled coffee
75ml – Fentimans Herbal Tonic
Add the Mallemok vodka and tonic into a tumbler with ice. Float the coffee on top.
Lemon twits/zest (skin)(ideally) or lemon slice
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
50ml – Mallemok Vodka
135ml – Swaan Cape Tonic Water
Place ice into the glass. Add the Mallemok vodka and the chilled tonic.
Slice of grapefruit
CAPE OF STORMS
37,5ml – Mallemok Vodka
125ml – Caperitif soda
Pour all the ingredients into a wine glass with ice. To make the soda add 2 parts Caperitif to 3 parts chilled water. Charge in a soda syphon. Or add 2 parts Caperitif to 3 parts soda water.
Sprig of Thyme