Secco Drink Infusion is a blend of specially selected dried fruit and spices, available in sachet form, which allows consumers to naturally infuse their drink of choice in the comfort of their own home. Secco is the creative brainchild of Cape Town based food scientist and entrepreneur, Wessel Pieterse.
The idea for the product came to Pieterse while travelling. In Paris, he noticed trendy bars mixing and infusing their gins with botanicals. This approach to mixology offered establishments the opportunity to create signature drink experiences that weren’t likely to be duplicated elsewhere, and gave their clientele the chance to enjoy something equally satisfying to both the palate and the eye.
On his return to Cape Town, Pieterse put his background in product development to good use by setting out to create a product that allowed gin drinkers the chance to spice up their G&Ts at home.
“Aesthetics play an undeniable role in any experience – people want to drink something that is not only delicious, but also beautiful to look at,”
– Wessel Pieterse
South Africa has not been excluded from the global gin resurgence currently underway. The growing trend has seen micro distilleries popping up across the country, from the West Coast to the Free State, while artisanal distilleries like Hope on Hopkins have encouraged a new generation of adventurous and creative gin drinkers.
The name, Secco, is derived from the Italian word, meaning dry and refers to the process by which the botanicals are preserved. This process of freeze drying preserves the taste and structure of the fruit, allowing the cells to remain open for maximum flavour and colour infusion. As no additives are used during the drying and preserving phase, Secco is an all-natural food product.
Add one sachet of Secco to a G&T, cocktail or soft drink of your choice. Leave to infuse and enjoy.
The Spiced Pomegranate variant contains Butterfly Pea flowers, which give off a magical blue colour to gin and changes to pink when mixed with a good tonic water.
Simply add two sachets of Spiced Pomegranate to an ordinary bottle of gin, and leave to infuse for four hours. Watch as it changes to pink when served with tonic water.
RRP: R110 per box of 8 sachets