You know me by now. I am a definite G & T type of girl, & I love trying out new gins – especially those that are produced & bottled in South Africa. I think we often have the most unique, delicious flavours that give you a little taste of home with every sip.
Pimville Gin is one such gin, & I am sure you are going to want to rush out to get your own once you have read more about this small business.
Your name: Francois Bezuidenhout
Business name: Pimville Drinks Co.
Tell me a bit more about Pimville Gin: Two friends, Francois and Yongama, got together in early 2018 over a beer (read: a few) and decided they want to make a gin. The two friends met fifteen years earlier at Stellenbosch University, sharing the same mens’ residence. Fifteen years later, with many years of experience in various industries it seemed like destiny.
For them two things were important from day one: (1) to truly encapsulate African essence with the gin, and (2) to be great value. For this reason, Pimville Gin is the spirit of the people.
Where did the name come from: This premium African Gin harks back to the story of James Howard Pim, who emigrated from Ireland in 1890 to become a city councillor in Johannesburg.
The first of the Johannesburg townships, Pimville, was named after this remarkable man who was widely regarded as an advocate for Africans.
In 1935, well-known townships like Orlando and Klipspruit joined Pimville to form what has become widely known as Soweto. Our gin is infused with Baobab, Ginger and Maroela fruit to create a truly African expression of flavours.
For us, as the creators, the combination of a European spirit with African flavours and a European man who advocated for Africans tells the perfect story of what makes our Gin so unique. Thus, we bring you Pimville Gin.
What is your personal favourite gin cocktail: Negroni. The Negroni is a popular Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered an apéritif. A properly made Negroni is stirred, not shaken, and built over ice in an old fashioned or ‘rocks’ glass and garnished with a slice of orange.
What is a perfect Summer gin mix: Slice of grapefruit, double Pimville Gin, lots of ice and tonic.
Why do you think gin has grown so much in popularity? It is a drink that appeals to everyone, young and old, male and female.
Quote you live by: Life is too short to drink bad gin.
As we enjoy the final warm evenings, don’t you think it’s time to try out this gin?
Who would be keen for a little gin tasting sometime? Let me know!
Edited to add: I don’t often drink. In fact, hardly ever. But when I enjoy a glass of something alcoholic with my husband, it is always gin!