As the number of confirmed cases of the virus continues to rise, South Africans are heeding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to limit social interaction – including frequenting bars, restaurants and gatherings of over 50 people. However, while the reality of the disease is stark, it’s also important to maintain a sense of normality. Staying in for long periods can lead to cabin fever. To combat this, you can learn a new skill. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of being a top juggler, painter – or barista. With the help of the experts at Thomas Dakin Small-Batch Gin, a classic, juniper-focused brand known for its proud heritage and impressive craftsmanship, you too can shake up a killer cocktail or two. Try these recipes:

Thomas Dakin Negroni


30ml Thomas Dakin Gin

30ml sweet vermouth

30ml Campari

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass, garnish with orange peel and serve.

Bee’s Knees

35ml Thomas Dakin Gin

10ml (2 tsp) honey

25 ml (5 tsp) lemon juice

In a shaker, stir the honey with the gin until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shake or stir with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a thin orange wheel float and serve.