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Valentine’s Day Ideas

valentine's day date night boxValentine’s Day is coming up soon, and we have got some ideas to make it extra special!

Whether it is your significant other, your mom or your best friend, spoil the people you love with a great gift or an unforgettable experience.

Thoughtful Gifts

Treat them to one of our curated gift boxes, including the popular Floral Berry and Citrus Chai gin gift boxes. These boxes are packed ahead of time and delivered straight to their door, saving you time and effort while giving them a gift they will adore. Shop our gift boxes here.

Our fruit & herbal infused rooibos teas are also perfect for tea lovers. The range consists of six rooibos tea blends in pyramid teabags, showing off the elements of each blend beautifully. The teas are available in boxes with 20 teabags or gift boxes pre-packed with three boxes. Browse the selection here.

Make it an experience!

A picnic on the lawn at the Carmién Tea Shop at De Tol Farm Deli is sure to get you in their good books! Book one of our popular tea or G&Tea tastings or pairings and come enjoy the fresh mountain air and sunshine. You can also enjoy freshly baked scones with a pot of rooibos tea under the shade of the large oak trees. Reserve your spot today via 067 410 3315.

If you are planning an at-home date night, our Date Night box is your go-to! We have partnered with friends of the brand Piekenierskloof Wines to bring you a box that includes everything you need to make it a date to remember, including a delectable Flammkuchen recipe by renowned chef Carmen Niehaus. Shop the box here.

Romantic Recipes

If you are planning a feast, make sure to browse our delicious rooibos recipes. From eastern-inspired mains to delectable desserts, you can find recipes to suit every taste here.

Carmién Rooibos Distilled Gin

Experience rooibos gin in a brand new, delicious way.

carmien rooibos gin

Carmién joins the cocktail culture with a superior, small-batch South African rooibos gin. Our popular Floral Berry & Citrus Chai rooibos pyramid tea blends have been perfectly distilled into a light gin with beautifully aromatic notes and flavours. All set to become your favourite cocktail on balmy summer evenings!

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Carmién Citrus Chai Rooibos Gin sees our rich, spicy pyramid Citrus Chai rooibos tea blend distilled into a unique gin. Intense and fragrantly spicy on the nose, it is a beautifully aromatic blend with a warm, lingering chai note. The botanicals include juniper berries and a touch of Citrus, with a fragrant blend of indigenous Cape fynbos Rooibos, Honeybush, Calendula flowers, Dried orange peel and Dried fruit, Rosehip, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Black pepper, Aniseed and Lemongrass.

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Carmién Floral Berry Rooibos Gin sees our popular Floral Berry rooibos pyramid tea blend, perfectly distilled into a light Floral Berry gin with a beautifully aromatic, sweet floral nose, a classic initial top note of juniper ending with a lingering berry flavour. Botanicals include Juniper and citrus distilled with indigenous fermented and dried Cape fynbos Rooibos, and a romantic blend of Forest berries, Hibiscus, Honeybush, Rosehip shell, Rose petals, Orange peel, Rosebuds, Lavender, Corn Flower, Stevia, Sunflower petals, and Calendula flowers.

Enjoy the Carmién G&Tea experience by adding a Floral Berry or Citrus Chai teabag to a tot of your gin and let it infuse for a few minutes. Finish it off with some ice, Indian tonic, and garnish. You can also book gin tastings and pairings at the Carmién Tea Shop at De Tol Farm Deli. Book your tasting now: 067 410 3315

Shop the gins online here or at selected retailers – you can find the list of stockists on our website here.

Carmién Rooibos Gin

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Carmién Floral Berry Gin

G & TEA like you’ve never experienced!

Rooibos tea has never been more trendy. With fynbos gin no longer a stranger to gin lovers, distilling our favourite rooibos blends, Vintage Romance and Amber Royalty , with gin was inevitable.

Carmién joins the cocktail culture with a superior, small batch South African Rooibos Gin .  All set to become your favourite cocktail on balmy sunset evenings!

Carmién Citrus Chai Gin

Carmién Rooibos Gin is a modern, refreshing drink in two handcrafted styles. Carmién Citrus Chai Rooibos Gin and Carmién Floral Berry Rooibos GinEach a beautiful balance of gin and natural botanicals, providing a classic initial top note of juniper and citrus on the palate with a lingering undertone of chai or floral berry.

We are finding it so hard to pick a favourite!

Carmién Citrus Chai Rooibos Gin. Juniper berries and a touch of Citrus are the signature botanicals in this smooth gin, distilled with a fragrant blend of Rooibos, Honeybush, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg and Blackpepper. Fresh on the palate with subtle hints of spice and citrus.

Carmién Citrus Chai Gin

Carmién Floral Berry Rooibos Gin. Delicately distilled with aromatic flavours of natural botanicals. Rooibos and Honeybush, with a summery blend of Rose, Lavender, Hibiscus and fruity Berries beautifully complement the Juniper in this refreshing gin. Fragrant, with a lovely floral nose and sweet berries on the palate.

Carmién Floral Berry Gin

As an opening special, each gin is sold with its own individual Cocktail Garnish, to visually enhance and provide a refreshingly different drinking experience. Naturally enhance your gin with more flavour and colour by simply adding a teabag to your favourite glass of G&Tea. Allow to infuse and enjoy!

Available in a beautiful gift box or as a mini gin taster if you want to try both! 

Click here to get yours online or at the following retail stores:

WESTERN CAPE

Bar Keeper CBD
Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant Paternoster
Grape de Vine McGregor
Tops Kleinmond
Tops Observatory
Tops Haasendal Kuilsriver
Tops Paul Roos Stellenbosch
Hangklip Bottle Store
Houwhoek Farm Stall
Manna Epicure Kloof Street CT
Monkey Valley Resort Noordhoek
Kommetjie Liquors
Lagoon  Beach Hotel
Tops Old Oak
Tops Village Square Durbanville
Tops Rosemead Kenilworth
Tops Seapoint
Onrus Liquors
Urban Wines Durbanville
Village Vinos Greyton
Vinolentia Welgemoed
Wine Village Hermanus

GAUTENG

Model Liquors Meyerton
Ginellis Restaurant Middelburg
Model Bottle Store Meyerton
Tops Robert Broom Krugersdorp
Food Lovers Market Krugersdorp
Redwoods Sasol
Liquor City Gateway Plaza Centurion
Ultra Liquors Witbank
Tops @ 55 Centurion
Sky High Trading & Fabrication
Tops @ Menlo Pretoria
Tops Annlin Pretoria
Liquor City Sandton
Tops Midstream Midrand
Midstream Ridge & Tops Midrand
Sylviavale Heritage & Reservation Trust
Tops Kilnerpark
Tops Waterkloof
Liquor City Sunwardpark
Ultra Liquors Witbank
Liquorland National Building
Liquor City Craighall

EASTERN CAPE

Tops Miramar
Tops Fig Tree
PE Rack Tops Waterfront
Tops Newton Park
Tops Sherwood
Our Tops Walmer
Tops Sunridge Park
Tops @ Hunters

 

 

Heritage Day – A Rainbow Nation Braai

Heritage day has become a day of shared cultures celebrating the one thing that binds us all together in unity. The great South African braai tradition. Of course, all braai converts firmly believe the braai originated here at the southern tip of Africa but actually the word ‘braai’ (to grill) seems to have evolved from the Dutch word ‘ braden’ (to roast) but despite its uncertain origin it has become the proud property of our rainbow nation. We like to braai!

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who in 2007 was made the National Spokesperson for “Braai Day”, spoke about us all gathering around one fire…” Irrespective of your politics, of your culture, of your race , of your whatever, hierdie ding doen ons saam (this thing we do together)… just South Africans doing one thing together, and recognising that we are a fantastic nation.”

As much as one may think it is a predominantly white tradition, braaing also has strong African roots and is known as Chisa  Njama in Zulu. The first word Chisa literally means ‘ to burn’ and Njama means ‘meat’. The word describes both the action of braaiing, eating braaied meat and attending a braai! A braai restaurant like Mzolis in Gugulethu is also known as a Chisa Njama.

Of course we cannot let you braai on this Heritage day celebration without introducing you to yet another Carmién Tea experience. A rainbow nation braai. Complete with recipes and easy to follow videos, so go on, impress your guests! We won’t let your secret out!

Any festive gathering calls for some good (sometimes very debatable) conversation and something to drink. Our suggestion is sure to be a hit at your braai! Pink and very very trendy. Gin infused with Rooibos and topped with your favourite pink mixer. Our apologies to those who are still stuck on Brandy and Coke but drinks are moving on and becoming a fashion all by themselves. Drop the gin if you prefer a refreshing non alcoholic drink laced with delicious Carmién Restore.

ROOIBOS GIN & TONIC

Video: Rooibos Gin

Any  Boerebraai starts with good meat and amongst the Afrikaans speaking, boerewors and lamb chops are high on the list, as is the popular sosatie. A sosatie is supposedly not a sosatie unless it is made with a combination of lamb and pork, apricots and a curry marinade. Anything else is dismissed as a kebab. We have a tried and tested original version for you here.

MINI-SOSATIES

Video: Marinade

Braaied chicken is a firm favourite in African households, especially served with krummelpap. A carb side dish usually include either krummelpap, braaibroodjies or roosterkoek. Add our super easy no-cook braai sauce to your braaipap and chicken and you’ll have everyone sneaking into the kitchen for the leftovers!

BRAAIED CHICKEN WITH PAP

Video: No-cook Braai Sauce

Once the meat and carbs are selected every family usually have their own salad favourites but we have added a deliciously tasty twist to our Carmién coleslaw with a creamy masala dressing. Indian and Malay food are known for their fiery but flavoursome curries toned down by a cooling sambal. Our coleslaw with a touch of cumin and coriander can be seen as a type of sambal served in small portions or as a proper salad.

COLESLAW WITH CREAMY MASALA DRESSING

Video: Masala Dressing

Last but never least, we bring our Heritage day rainbow braai to a perfect finish with traditional malva pudding that is served from campfire to statehouse and enjoyed by all. As always, we at Carmién Tea, take the healthy angle and this malva pudding is not as rich and sweet, but definitely twice as nice as the original with Carmién creamy Vanilla and Rooibos Tea adding richness and flavour.

Add to that a little extra indulgence that needs no cultural introduction anywhere. An easy creamy ice cream that will definitely suit our Banting fans too and ensure you enjoy that well deserved afternoon nap after all this “work”! Then gather all the delicious left overs and dish out some of that neighbourly hospitality that we as South Africans are known for.

MALVA PUDDING

Video: Malva Syrup

EASY HOME-MADE ICE CREAM

Video: Easy Home-Made Ice Cream