Get your braai on this Braai Day!

It’s Braai Day, Braai Day! Gotta get down on Braai Day! Ok so I’m no Rebecca Black but I still think my version of her song is better. Also I’m just super excited about this holiday- hence the singing.

Not only does Braai Day mean a day off from work and a lie-in in the morning, but it’s also a day to spend with your besties, friends and fam-damily braai-ing outside in the garden. Oh and as Braai Day is officially National Heritage Day, it means that you can celebrate your cultural roots, whether your heritage is Venda, Zulu, Tswana, Hindu, Afrikaans, or any of the other hundred types of cultures found throughout our fair country. So why not get dressed up in your traditional finery, crack open a cold one and get braai-ing that vleis!

Gifts for Braai Day
Braai Day gifts and hampers

So I know that there probably isn’t a household in SA that doesn’t own a braai. But. But, if by some weird chance you happen to have a friend or family member that doesn’t own a braai then help them out please? Give the gift that keeps on giving- a mini braai kit with a 6 pack o’ beers from NetFlorist’s online gift shop, ’cause you know, a happy home is a home with a braai.

If you’ve been invited to a Braai Day shin-dig at your mates house it’s only right that you don’t show up empty handed, that’s a bit rudey-dudey. How about taking along the every day is braai day gift bucket? This is an amazing prezzie for the host and hostess with the most-ess that comes with nachos, dip, mixed nuts, biltong and beer. This is a lekker gift that will show your bosom buddy that you appreciate the invite and will probably get you invited to join in next year’s Heritage Day festivities!

If you happen to be the host of the Braai Day merriments the why not do something different and serve a welcome cocktail to quench your guest’s thirst (you’ll still have plenty of time to drink beer later)? An awesome easy to make cocktail is the giggling rose-

refreshing giggling rose cocktail
giggling rose cocktail

To make this drink you’re going to need:

1 bunch of fresh mint- leaves picked

Petals from 3 roses (save some for garnish)

3 shots of gin

1/4 cup of lemon juice

1 bottle of chilled sparkling wine

ice cubes to serve

for the Rose Syrup:

150 g caster sugar

1 Tbsp of rose water

Chill six tall glasses in the fridge. For the syrup, place sugar and 100ml water in a pan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugar, then remove from heat. Stir in rosewater, then chill until it has cooled completely.

Bruise the mint leaves and rose petals in your hands to release their aroma, then stuff them into the chilled glasses. In two batches, combine gin, lemon juice, rose syrup and plenty of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then pour into the glasses and top up with sparkling wine. Tuck in a rose to garnish, then serve immediately with a straw.

Et voilà! There you have it! A tasty drink for your guests to enjoy this Braai Day!

So here’s to wishing you a happy Heritage and Braai Day! Enjoy all that lekker vleis, beer and laughter this September 24th.

Ta ta for now!

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