Is it party time? Of course it is! Any time is a good time for shooters, friends, and some good music, right? If you’re planning a party, perhaps you want to incorporate some popular traditional South African shooters into the mix!
Who can deny that flinging back a few South African shooters with your best mates is nothing short of exhilarating?! As it turns out, Saffas love shooters, and they love shooters with a South African twist even more than they love the rest. As an expat, you might have already tried to introduce your new friends and colleagues to your favourite drink concoctions from back home, but if you haven’t, you’re about to get a good boost of inspiration.
At the risk of getting a bit nostalgic, let’s take a look at some of the popular shots we all love to get in our faces! The good news is that each of these is very simple to make.
Discover South African Shooters! Cheers!
There’s a big shooter culture in South Africa and over the years it certainly hasn’t been tamed. In fact, it’s just becoming more prevalent and for good reason; South Africans love a good party. We now even see the local bottle store shelves stocked with the likes of “Tant Sannie se Melktert” and similar. South African shooters abound and if you’re not in the country to grab a bottle of your favourite, you could just make your own to remember a taste of home. Let’s check out some of the shooters you might be missing right now while abroad.
Let’s chug back on a “Springbokkie”
The “springbokkie” or “springbok” shooter pays homage to the country’s rugby team, the Springboks. These shooters are usually drunk in excess while watching Springbok rugby games. There’s no such thing as too many Springbokkies, is there? The colours, green and gold, of the shooter represent the jersey colours of the Springboks too. What’s in the shooter? Well, this one is no secret…when you’re chugging it back, the taste is undeniable! Inside this delicious little shot is ½ a shot of Amarula cream and ½ a shot of peppermint liqueur. Yum! Luckily for those who have one of these shoved in their hand; it’s a very tasty shot.
Savour the flavour of South African “Melktertjies”
As far as South African shooters go, this is another super-tasty one. If you aren’t into strong-tasting drinks, this particular shooter is bound to be one of your favourites already (or soon to be). Melktertjies are based on the South African milk tart (fridge tart) and guess what! It smells and tastes just like milk tart too; except it has an unexpected kick! Be careful if you start knocking these shooters back because they pack quite a powerful punch. You might not think so because they taste so creamy and good, but you have been warned! What’s in the shot? Most South African melktertjie shooters can be bought at the bottle store, but you can also make your own as the ingredients are quite simple. The shot includes vodka, condensed milk and evaporated milk. A sprinkle of cinnamon on the top completes the flavour. All of the ingredients are shaken up to mix well in a bottle, before being poured into shooter glasses.
Knock back a couple of “Sowetan Toilets”
This particular shooter’s name has all the charm of a bad joke, but it’s also one that you won’t mind slamming back, one after the other. Hit me again barman – there’s always time for just one more, isn’t there! Prepare yourself, the Sowetan Toilet is delicious, but it’s also quite a punch-packer! The Sowetan toilet shooter got its name from the way it looks – no explanation necessary. Just pour yourself one and you’ll know just what is meant by that! What’s in the shot? This proudly South African shooter consists of ¾ shot of banana liqueur, ¼ shot of Amarula Cream, and topped up with Nachtmusik chocolate liqueur.
Get the party started with a “Vinnige Fanie”
If you really want to get the party going, it’s time to pour a few “Vinnige Fanies”. This South African shooter is named after Fanie de Villiers – the famous South African cricketer. Enjoying this shooter is more about the process than the actual shot itself. To enjoy a Vinnige Fanie, pour 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar into your mouth and chew it until it becomes syrupy. Then, pour 1 shot of whiskey into your mouth, swirl it around and swallow. It’s not as crazy as it sounds… in fact, there’s quite a Vinnige Fanie following in South Africa.
If these shooters have got you fired up for a party, you’re not alone! Make a list of your favourites, gather the ingredients, invite a few friends around and get ready to have a taste sensation and a whole lot of fun too!
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