In Search of the Perfect Bloody Mary

Cocktail - Chilli Maria

As one of my favourite cocktails at any time of day, and after having tasted a really good Bloody Mary cocktail made with a peppery vodka during London cocktail week, I was determined to make a great vodka that would make a delicious spicy Bloody Mary without all the fussy trimmings. In Deep South Chilli Vodka I think we have done that: hot, spicy, authentic chilli, and just amazing when blended with sumptuous, rich tomato juice. Yum!

Why is the penguin upside down?​

African Penguin logo for Deep South Distillery

One of the quirky things about us is our upside-down penguin.  The penguin as a logo was conceptualised by a young woman who lives in the Ukraine.  Her reasoning was that if you live in the Deep South in the southern hemisphere, then your penguins are going to be  hanging upside down, on the bottom […]

Where did the logo come from?​

When we kicked off the process of developing a craft distillery in Kommetjie, we wanted to pay tribute to the beautiful place in which we live. So we were pretty sure that Deep South would be the name of the distillery, but we needed a logo. So we went global. For the brand development and […]

The long road to a craft distillery​

Starting a craft distillery is not for the faint-hearted.  While every country has it challenges, somehow the rafts of legislative frameworks in South Africa make it doubly so.  The distillery needed an identity and Deep South was chosen as a name that paid tribute to the location of the distillery. The name was registered, and […]

How did the distillery begin?​

Steve Erlank settled in Kommetjie more than three decades ago, when he and his wife fell in love with the relative remoteness, natural beauty and creative life style of the valley.   Like many inhabitants, he initially spent his days commuting to a corporate world, which included weekly trips to Gauteng for many years.  Being an […]

Coming up for our first anniversary

Well, only a year since the last post! Let no-one say this business is for sissies! What a year it has been since we opened our doors in December 2017. What began as a retirement project has grown into something a little more substantial. And it has been a year of highs and lows as […]

Where is the Deep South​?

The Deep South is the name affectionately given, by the people who live there, to that part of the peninsula south of the Old Cape Road (Oukaapseweg) as far as Cape Point Nature Reserve.  This beautiful area, with its fynbos-clad mountains stretching southwards in a jagged spine towards Cape Point, and bordered by white beaches […]

Deep South Distillery – On the brink of opening

Well – it’s September 2017, and after nearly two years  of thinking, planning, drinking and getting involved in a myriad of things that have nothing to do with making premium craft spirits, we are nearly at the starting line. Opening a craft distillery, at least on the scale we have set out to do, is […]