1871Diamond News inDiggers’ Ditties (1989) 4I’d have drunk a whole gallon ‘Cango’ If the canteens had given me trust.
1874‘P.’ inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 168These [dainties], washed down with a stiff glass of the ‘cognac of the country’ yclept ‘cango’, proved a capital supper.
1880F.G. BrowningFighting & Farming 119Two fellows had been drinking pretty freely (principally ‘cango’ and ‘Cape smoke’) and became very quarrelsome.
1889H.A. BrydenKloof & Karroo 84Cango..is the best kind of colonial-made brandy; it is of rich yellow colour, is produced in the Oudtshoorn district, and when matured, is really a very reasonable substitute for the more expensive foreign liquors.
1891H.J. DuckittHilda’s ‘Where Is It?’ 134Dissolve three pounds of candied sugar in six bottles of good brandy (best Cango will do).
1899B. MitfordWeird of Deadly Hollow 87After a good supper, washed down by plenteous libations of Cango brandy and strong coffee, pipes were lit.
1962A.P. CartwrightGold Miners 115A wine merchant’s advertisement in 1892 gives us this list of prices: ‘Pure Dop Brandy 2s. 6d. a bottle, Best Cango 3s. a bottle,..Gin 5s. 6d. a flask’.
1983D.E. Schaefer inOptimaVol.31No.2, 86Favourite drinks among the diggers were Bass light ale, Hennessey’s Battle Axe brandy, Irish whiskey, Kango brandy, Spengler’s Red gin, Letterstedt’s Dop brandy and Guinness stout.
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