Hovering on the banks of the Sweni River in a 33,000-acre private concession in the Kruger National Park, Singita Sweni Lodge is an intimate, tranquil escape set among hundreds of ancient trees. The decks of the lodge seem to hover in the branches, while inside, rich calming colours and textures echo the hues of the natural surroundings.

Singita Sweni Lodge, South Africa

The lodge’s décor and ambience inspired staff member, Brett Applegryn, to create a cocktail that references the mood and feeling of this unique location. Sweni Iced Tea is a brandy-spiked cooler made with local rooibos tea, a refreshing herbal tea grown in South Africa and now easily available worldwide.

Cocktail Recipe: Sweni Iced Tea

Sweni Iced Tea

Ingredients – what you will need:
25ml (1 part) gin bitters
25ml (1 part) brandy
80ml (6 parts) chilled rooibos tea

Method – what to do:
1. Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes
2. Stir well
3. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with green apple and ginger
4. Serve straight or with extra ice

Get up close to Singita Sweni Lodge and its leafy surroundings in this short film on our Vimeo channel. Also, check back soon to see Brett’s other Sweni-inspired cocktail: a fruity gin lemonade!

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