I’m a big fan of crowdfunding culture. I think it’s a really great way to get behind something or be part of a cool project you admire, even if you’ve got your hands full with projects of your own. It’s always special to know that you were an early supporter of something like the production of an indie movie or the renovation of your favourite local cinema. So when Sugarbird Fynbos Gin came a-knocking, I was keen to get involved. Basically, the team at Sugarbird want to create a delicious local gin, infused with the flavours and scents of indigenous fynbos, and take it to the world. I love the idea of handcrafted gin, infused with local scents and flavours – it’s right up my alley. You can get involved in the movement through the Sugarbird Fynbos Gin crowdfunding campaign.
Sugarbird Fynbos Gin Crowdfunding Campaign
The Sugarbird Fynbos gin includes extracts of juniper berries, rose geranium, orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, honeybush, Angelica root, rooibos, cardamom, Cape May (which is sourced by botanists of the slopes of Table Mountain), coriander and a tiny dash of cinnamon. Sounds like a long drink of deliciousness, if you ask me. I’m all for unique gin creations, and I love to experiment with cucumber syrup, spices and fresh fruit in mine.
More than just a good time
This gin is about more than a good drink though. The team is passionate about entrepreneurship and proceeds from every 1000 bottles will be used to grant bursaries to an aspiring entrepreneur. The selected group of entrepreneurs will be made up of 50% female entrepreneurs and 50% previously disadvantaged – yes please! In collaboration with KOI Group, the aspiring entrepreneurs will be sent to a two-part boot camp to develop entrepreneurial skills as well as launch an actual idea into a business.
How to get involved
Head over to the Thundafund project page and donate. There are 25 days left and they’ve got a fair bit of cash left to raise. You can start as low as R75, which will get you a social media shoutout from the team and your name on their wall of fame. For R89 you’ll get into their launch party, where there will be muchos gin, of course. But for just R239 , you can donate to the cause, plus get your hands on a bottle of the first ever batch of Sugarbird gin.
Use my discount code #sugarbirdnat when you enter your name to get 15% 0ff! Here’s how to use my discount code: It’s IMPORTANT that you make sure to enter the code #sugarbirdnat in the same line as your name and surname when you donate. It should look like this – NAME: Your name Your Surname #sugarbirdnat.
Did you hear that? A good deed, plus a bottle of gin!
So basically, you’ll be joining the movement plus getting a bottle of gin out of your good deed. I also LOVE the idea of donating in the name of a friend, so that they get a bottle of the good stuff for Christmas. There are more amazing thank you gifts on offer for those who donate, so check them out on the Thundafund page. (For R900 000 you get to have Ryan Gosling or Taylor Swift over for gin, lols!)
My Black Summer Afternoon Cocktail Recipe
This is a perfect welcome drink. It makes the most of Sugarbird’s fynbos infusion, which is played up by the rosemary. The addition of blackberries (has there ever been a more summery fruit?) and an infused syrup add a sweet twist. It also happens to look really pretty.
- Sugarbird Fynbos Gin
How to make it:
You’ll need to start by making a simple syrup. This is literally just sugar and water, but mine has a bit of a twist. In a pot, boil a cup of water together with a cup of sugar. For this recipe, you’ll infuse it with rosemary and blackberries. Once you’ve dissolved the sugar, add a couple of sprigs of rosemary and about 5 blackberries and stir for a couple of minutes. Once the water has taken on the colour of the fruit, you can remove them along with the rosemary. Allow the syrup to cool before you use it.
In your favourite cocktail glass, mix two measures of Sugarbird Fynbos Gin with one measure of the blackberry and rosemary sugar syrup. Add about a tablespoon of the syrup. Top up with good tonic (the proper stuff). Top up with ice and drop in a couple of berries, a sprig of rosemary and half a slice of grapefruit.
*This post is sponsored by Sugarbird Fynbos Gin.