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Give your taste buds a new lease of life by pairing chocolate and spirits?

Author:   |  Published: 2021-04-06  |  Categories:

Tired of wine and cheese combinations? Why not give your taste buds a new lease of life by pairing chocolate and spirits?

Chocolate and gin have a surprisingly close background, even though it isn’t an obvious match. Gin can take on a dazzling array of different botanical additions, and coupled with different garnishes there’s no limit to the different flavour hints that can be expressed. And as a basic food base, chocolate can be rich, subtle, or creamy, but again with the addition of countless flavours and textures, can become soft, hard, crunchy, smooth, spicy, citrusy and the list just goes on.

The easiest chocolate pairing for most gins is white chocolate. Not only is gin a good match for any delicate flavours, but the herbal notes can add a layer of depth to white chocolate. Imagine relaxing around the fireplace with good company and a glass of Premium Musgrave Gin in the hand with some delicious white chocolate. 

Whether you a dedicated gin drinker or a newbie to the gin scene, there’s so much more to be enjoyed and savoured by knowing how to bring out the best in what you are eating and drinking.

For the non-drinkers, we’ve got something for you! Tea is extremely versatile when paired with any food. Pairing Carmien Tea with chocolate is an adventure in unlocking flavours and by doing this you are enhancing your tea drinking experience. It’s a personal journey and you are only limited by your taste preferences!

Try a Pink Rabbit cocktail with Musgrave, Carmien, and Secco drink infusion perfectly paired with a Lindt white chocolate.

 

Spice up your drink’s repertoire with Secco Drink Infusion!

Author:   |  Published: 2021-03-24  |  Categories:

As Autumn dawns in, we at Secco thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to bring our loyal readers and potential new readers a quick and easy cocktail recipe. So easy to create, you won’t skip a beat.

Over the years, gin’s popularity has skyrocketed, being the go-to drink for most millennials.

Nows the perfect opportunity to broaden your cocktail-making skills with simple yet delicious cocktails. No, fancy equipment is required for these gin cocktails, it’s all about the love you put into the preparation.

To get you started, here are a few tips to boost your cocktail-making confidence: 

  • Taste your drinks before you serve to make sure they’re wonderful.
  • Remember that we drink in three steps, with our eyes first, then with our nose, and finally with our mouth.
  • Always remember to fill your glass to the top with ice.

All you’ll  need:

  • A bottle of Gin
  • A Fitch & Leedes Indian Tonic 200ml (Any tonic water of your choice)
  • A box of 8 Secco Drink Infusions 
  • Lemon Juice
  • Simple syrup 
  • Egg white
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Ice

Instructions:

Secco Gin Fizz

Place double shot gin, one tablespoon lemon juice, one tablespoon simply syrups, and one egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a tumbler, top with soda water, and garnish with Secco Infusion of your choice. 

Enjoy! 

Welcome back to the trade, we’ve MISSED you!

Author:   |  Published: 2021-02-04  |  Categories:

We would like to extend a warm welcome back to our liquor stores reopening for trade again. We hope the time away has been fruitful, despite the current global circumstances we find ourselves in today. As you reopen your doors, we at Secco would like to extend our good wishes for you all and hope that the year ahead is one prosperous and exciting year for all. 

As more and more liquor enters several South African homes, we think a box of Secco needs to be added to every shopping basket too. In case you’ve missed it, here is our list of products, the perfect companion to your morning, mid-day, or night cocktail. 

Our products are as follows:

Ginger Lime Drink Infusion, Pack of 8- A range of specially selected dried botanicals to infuse your favorite gin and tonic, soft drink, or cocktail. Fragrant ginger and zesty lime with accents of earthy cinnamon.

  • A blend of selected dried fruit and spices packed into foil sachets
  • Simply add to a glass and top up with your favorite G&T, cocktail, or soft drink to infuse
  • Ingredients: Cinnamon (36%), Dried Ginger (33%), Dried lime (31%)

Secco Spiced Pomegranate Drink Infusion, Pack of 8- A range of specially selected dried botanicals to infuse your favorite gin and tonic, soft drink, or cocktail. Pomegranate rubies and butterfly pea flowers complemented by aromatic star anise and cardamom.

  • A blend of selected dried fruit and spices packed into foil sachets
  • Simply add to a glass and top up with your favorite G&T, cocktail, or soft drink to infuse
  • Ingredients: Star anise (53%), Dried pomegranates (21%), Cardamom pods (18%), Dried butterfly pea flowers (8%)

Secco Mixed Box Drink Infusion, Pack of 8- A range of specially selected dried botanicals to infuse your favourite gin and tonic, soft drink or cocktail.

  • A blend of selected dried fruit and spices packed into 8 foil sachets
  • Includes 2 packets of each of these flavours: Raspberry Rose Hibiscus, Spiced Pomegranate, Pepper Berry and Ginger Lime

Secco Raspberry Rose Hibiscus Drink Infusion, Pack of 8 – A range of specially selected dried botanicals to infuse your favourite gin and tonic, soft drink or cocktail. Floral notes of rose and hibiscus in a crimson blend of sweet raspberries.

  • A blend of selected dried fruit and spices packed into 8 foil sachets

Secco Pepper Berry Drink Infusion, Pack of 8 –  A range of specially selected dried botanicals to infuse your favourite gin and tonic, soft drink or cocktail. Flavours of fruity strawberry and blueberry are balanced with a hint of fragrant pepper.

  • A blend of selected dried fruit and spices packed into 8 foil sachets
  • Simply add to a glass and top up with your favourite G&T, cocktail or soft drink to infuse

Tastelab Fragrant Lime & Ginger Botanical Gin Infusion Bags, Pack of 12 botanical infusion bags

  • Dried ginger, lime, and spices packed in biodegradable tea bags
  • Simply add to your glass, add your drink of choice and allow to infuse
  • Floral and red berry botanicals packed in biodegradable tea bags
  • Made with real fruit with no added sugar, colourants or flavourants
  • Simply add to your glass, add your drink of choice and allow to infuse
  • Hand packed in Cape Town
  • Contains 12 bags

 

Several liquor stores within South Africa stock our products, and if you would like to be one, This is who to contact :

Western Cape 

Tastelab 

Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915

083 655 5298

Wessel@tastelab.co.za

KZN 

Durban North Liquor Distributors 

admin@dndliquors.co.za

 

Gauteng/Mpumalanga/Limpopo/North West

Sales and Distribution:

Nicholson Smith Agencies

creditors@nicholsonsmith.co.za

Jason@nicholsonsmith.co.za

 

Eastern Cape

Sip Beverage Solutions

For general inquiries, please email info@sipbeverage.co.za

0737767915

 

Mpumalanga and Swaziland

Tailored Beverage Company for Mpumalanga and Swaziland

12 Suikerriet Street, Central Park unit 24, Nelspruit Mpumalanga

Phone: 073 179 3085

Email: hello@tailoredbevco.co.za

Secco Infusion and Copeland Spirits cocktail must try!

Author:   |  Published: 2021-01-21  |  Categories:

Over the years the popularity of homemade cocktails has taken the world by storm. It is no longer about simple, plain and straight forward drinks, but rather how colourful, fun, intriguing and different your drink looks not only to the camera but to the naked eye as well.  The interesting thing about infusing spirits is that there aren’t many rules or complicated techniques, it is just knowing what would mix well together as well as taste good. If you are looking to step up your cocktail making skills this year, then our array of flavour combinations are just the tools you need to make the “perfect” cocktails for the “perfect” occasions.   

Bringing us top quality spirits from Copeland, the makers of Copeland Rum and Copeland Tiki Gin, comes a new range of all natural, real ingredients blended with your favourite local gin, in a ready to drink spirit cooler.  

Having a cocktail has never been easier.  

Simply pour over ice, add any of our Secco Infusion Sachets, Pepper Berry, Ginger Lime, Raspberry Rose Hibiscus and Spiced Pomegranate. 

Make it look pretty and pour the canned gin. 

Last but definitely not least, ENJOY.  

It is on us.

Secco 

Thank you to our partners in our Gin Trolley Campaign!

Author:   |  Published: 2020-12-18  |  Categories:

This season we gave away the ultimate festive season gift from Secco! In partnership with some of our favourite brands in South Africa, Cape Town resident Craig Stack won fully stocked drinks trolley loaded with premium spirits, mixers and of course, enough Secco to infuse his holiday season drinks with added colour and flavour. With over 1800 entrants, Craig was the very lucky winner randomly selected to win.

This season we gave away the ultimate festive season gift from Secco! In partnership with some of our favourite brands in South Africa, Cape Town resident Craig Stack won fully stocked drinks trolley loaded with premium spirits, mixers and of course, enough Secco to infuse his holiday season drinks with added colour and flavour. With over 1800 entrants, Craig was the very lucky winner randomly selected to win. (more…)

Festive Season Boxes from Secco!

Author:   |  Published: 2020-10-18  |  Categories:

We’re making gifting easy and delicious this season with a limited edition Festive Gin Infusion in a beautiful box ready to be gift-tagged and placed under the tree or as a stocking filler for gin lovers and cocktail aficionados.

Each box contains 2 sachets of the following flavours: Raspberry Rose Hibiscus, Pepper Berry, Spiced Pomegranate, Ginger Lime.

Happy Gifting!!

Secco is a blend of specially selected dried fruit and spices which allow you to naturally infuse a drink of your choice. The process by which the fruit has been dried leaves the fruit’s structure open allowing it to naturally infuse your drink with flavour and colour. Simply add one sachet of your favourite Secco to a glass of G&T, cocktail or soft drink and allow to infuse and enjoy.

 

Connect with Secco Drink Infusion Online:

Secco South Africa

Website
Instagram
Facebook

 

Secco Infuses Globally

Author:   |  Published: 2020-10-08  |  Categories:

We’re celebrating our ever-expanding map of global partners as Secco is now available in over 10 international regions with ful distribution coverage of South Africa too!

We’re celebrating our ever-expanding map of global partners as Secco is now available in more international regions than ever before, we’re also raising a glass to say cheers to our local partners as full distribution coverage of South Africa has recently been unlocked through new regional representation.

Even though the world has been hit with a devastating global pandemic and consumer drinking habits changed dramatically, we have seen the “hometainment” trend drive avid drinkers to try new recipes and infusions at home. This trend opened up new channels for our business and drove interest in the Amazon.com channel in the USA, a thriving platform which has been opened up and driven by our partners Heather Reasonover and her team. Keep an eye on @secco_usa on Instagram.

We welcome Hong Kong as one of our newest and most exciting new territories, headed up by Dhiraj Wadhwani where events, activations and store-level point of sale will bring new eyes to the Secco brand over the next few months. Follow the @secco_hk accounts to watch these exciting developments unfold.

Secco’s interests in Benelux are managed by In Good Spirit BV headed up by Barry Stok and Leon Rodenburg, we’re seeing great market penetration here, follow @addsecco on Instagram to see what we’re up to.

In Africa, Secco is making waves in Mozambique through Bruno Macamo at BMF – ASSESSORIA E PRESTAÇÃO DE SERVIÇOS, LDA, who has listings with various independent retailers and busy listing with Spar and Massmart nationally. Their operations are also expanding into Portugal and Angola. You can follow @secco_infusion_moz to stay up to date.

Our Canadian interests are managed through Joao Gaspar,  a South African expat who has started Foxbev, a distribution company in Canada specializing in South African beverages. We’re really excited about this market and the rate of growth.

In South Africa, we’re acutely aware of the upcoming festive season seeing a lot more domestic holiday-making as international travel is still so limited – with this in mind we have gone into new partnerships and fostered relationships with coastal-focused distributors to ensure Secco is present in the glasses of as many holiday-cocktails as possible.

Visit our website to get the details of our latest partners Deeliver, Tailored Beverage Company and Sip Beverage Solutions. As the festive season rolls in, don’t forget that Deeliver offers same day delivery in South Africa!

We thank you for your continued support of the growth of our brand both locally and abroad.

To join our network of global distributors, get in touch with us on wessel@tastelab.co.za

Secco Garnish

On shoot with a few of our favourite brands

Author:   |  Published: 2020-07-28  |  Categories:

Behind the scenes on our latest shoot with Myburgh Du Plessis

Myburgh Du PlessisThis week we shot fresh new serves and recipes with some incredible brands and photographer Myburgh Du Plessis at his studio, Studio51. Our shoot was all about collaboration and showcasing the variety of flavour, colour and visual delight that Secco Garnish can bring to your home-drinking experience, so we worked with new recipes and mixers to explore combinations that can be replicated in your kitchen or home bar.

If you’re stretching out the last of your liquor cabinet contents during the lockdown, try a few of the serves we featured in our shoot, like our unusual warm rum cocktails infused with spice and citrus, perfect for a chilly evening entertaining at home. There are also some new alcohol-free options featuring booze-free G&T’s from Xero Drinks.

We used fabulous mixers like Schweppes Tonic and Vaplré Water for our refreshing cocktails and perfect serves with a few of our favourite spirits from:

Hope Distillery

Bloom Gin, Opihr Gin, Greenall’s Gin and Thomas Dakin Gin.

Xero Drinks

Damn Fine Brands

Copeland Spirits

The new recipes will debut on our social media accounts in the next few weeks, stay tuned!

Until then, make sure you are stocked up with all your Secco Drink Infusion garnishes and Botanical Tea Bags on Yuppiechef.

Thank you to food stylist Sarah Dall for bringing our vision to life.

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Now available on Amazon!

Author:   |  Published: 2020-07-01  |  Categories:

Secco Drink Infusion’s global footprint expands in USA.

Secco on Amazon Cape Town-based food scientist and entrepreneur, Wessel Pieterse, created Secco Drink Infusion in 2017, on the back of South Africa’s burgeoning gin trend. Each flavourful sachet of natural, freeze-dried fruit, flowers and spices allows consumers to create delicious drink infusions or garnishes – just like the ones they’d enjoy at a trendy speakeasy or cocktail bar – from the comfort of their homes.

Since then the brand has grown from a local South African startup to a booming international brand in just 3 years. The range can be found in several thriving global markets; USA, Mexico, Netherlands, Australia/New Zealand, Denmark, Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana, Canada and Switzerland.

 

Most recently the incredible growth of the Secco brand in the USA has expanded to to include the launch of Secco-USA.com, a dedicated US-based online store, as well as completion of listing the full product range on Amazon the largest online marketplace with incredible infrastructure that will allow millions of American (and global) citizens to get their hands on a sachet of Secco.

Secco’s dedicated US team, which is headquartered in the Tri-State area under the leadership of Heather O’Connor, listed Secco on Amazon in June 2020 after building the brand in her region for just 2 months, with an astoundingly positive response from both the trade and consumers.

“We’re expecting big numbers and brand equity growth through the channel” comments O’Connor, who goes on to say, “The sheer scale of the Amazon platform ensures immediate and direct exposure to active online shoppers looking for new and unique products. The platform also serves as a discovery engine, so to speak, whereby emerging brands are able to catch the attention of retail buyers and other brands also seeking new products to bring to their customer bases. We hope this leads to exciting collaborations in the future.”

The timing of this listing couldn’t have been better, as currently, global lockdown is still enforced in many countries with alcohol sales and consumption highly regulated. The limitations have led to the rise of the “hometainment” trend, where consumers now find themselves getting more creative in the kitchen than usual, seeking to replicate their restaurant and bar experiences whilst confined to their own homes.

“It seems that even though people are mostly at home because of lockdown, they’re getting creative and recreating the Instagram-worthy drinks they’d normally order on a night out, all while respecting social distancing measures,” said Wessel.

With the clink of glass over a celebratory virtual call, the team concludes, “As we adjust to the new normal, it seems that conviviality is still a consumer priority in households all over the world, we’re delighted to be able to supply a delicious addition to online baskets, knowing the perfect drink is just one click away.”

 

Secco is available in 8-sachet boxes in the following flavours: Ginger Lime, Raspberry Rose Hibiscus, Pepper Berry and Spiced Pomegranate. Serving Suggestion: Add one sachet of Secco to a G&T, cocktail or soft drink of your choice. Leave to infuse and enjoy the burst of natural flavour.

 

Find your favourite on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B9YB6HP?ref=myi_title_dp

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B9TWF2J?ref=myi_title_dp

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B9GQYN1?ref=myi_title_dp

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B9X14YC?ref=myi_title_dp

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BB175JD?ref=myi_title_dp

 

Contact details:

 

Wessel Pieterse, founder of Tastelab and Secco

Email: wessel@tastelab.co.za

Mobile: 083-6555-298

Website: www.tastelab.co.za

 

Heather O’Connor, USA representative of Secco-USA at IncubateUS

Email: h.oconnor@secco-usa.com

Website: https://secco-usa.com/

 

Connect with Secco Drink Infusion Online:

 

Secco South Africa

Website

Instagram

Facebook

 

Secco USA

Website

Instagram

Facebook

 

Press Contact South Africa

Katie Coetzee

Katie@lumeagency.co.za

081 851 2765

@lume.agency

A blend of specially selected dried fruit and spices

Author:   |  Published: 2020-06-29  |  Categories:

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.

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