We recently brought you a recipe from Singita Sweni Lodge, inspired by the rich colour palette of its interior design. Today, we have a lighter take on the lodge’s signature cocktail that reflects the fresher, brighter aspects of this stunning property; the bold green of the Lebombo euphorbias, the bright sunshine that sparkles off the river below and the warm, golden tones of the decor and furniture.

Cocktails at Singita Sweni Lodge

This refreshing cocktail adds some zip and zing to a traditional gin and tonic by adding homemade lemonade and some fresh fruit to the mix. We’ve published a few other twists on the G&T on the blog in previous posts, including this frozen sorbet version and a recipe for the perfect G&T. Share you ideas for jazzing up traditional cocktails in the comments below!

Singita Sweni Lodge

The Spirit of Sweni

Ingredients – what you will need:
Ingredients: 25ml Inverroche Verdant Gin (or your favourite gin)
100ml fresh lemonade
100ml tonic water

Method – what to do:
1. Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes
2. Stir well
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
4. Serve straight with a garnish of lime, kiwi fruit, green apple and mint

Sitting low on the Sweni River, Singita Sweni Lodge is a tranquil sanctuary built on stilts with decks of dark timber, giving it a grounded and earthy feel. The six secluded suites offer solitude in a wild setting that stimulates all the senses. The idea of ‘letting nature indoors’ is one of the main design elements at Sweni. The look and feel, with tactile furnishings, has been carefully created to bring in the textures and shades of the bush.


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