1804R. PercivalAcct of Cape of G.H. 189Besides wine the farmers make a great quantity of strong fiery spirit which they call brandy-wine, and British Cape brandy...On inquiry I found that the planters principally extract it from the husks and stalks of compressed grapes by distillation.
1832Graham’s Town Jrnl 27 Jan. 20I am a canteen keeper, and I glory in the name!..I have been the humble means of dispensing more real and direct happiness in one hour, and that with plain Cape Brandy, than all your humbug of schools and societies will do in a century.
1864T. Shone Diary. 17 Nov.Henry gave me a glass of wine, and a pint of cape brandy, I am unhappy.
1873F. BoyleTo Cape for Diamonds 16The mere sight and smell of Cape brandy produced on me, as on others, a feeling of hatred towards the whole human race, and a wish that I never had been born.
1891H.J. DuckittHilda’s ‘Where Is It?’ 134Peel very thinly ten oranges and ten lemons. Put the peel on four bottles of good Cape brandy, add four pounds of white sugar.
1896Cape Argus 2 Jan. 5A native wagon-driver, who had been partaking freely of Cape brandy, was driving his master’s wagon out to the farm along the Cradock road, when he fell off under the wheel.
1908F.C. SlaterSunburnt South 19He produced a bottle of Cape brandy and a jug of water from an adjacent cupboard, and mixing two tolerably stiff soopjes handed one to me, and we pledged each other with the usual Dutch expression — gezondheid.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 305Cape Brandy, now almost invariably distilled from pure wine, is an excellent spirit, in many cases equal to good French brandy.
1949J. MockfordGolden Land 217I have known men who, after seeing a red elephant in the bush..were ready to explain it away by blaming the Cape Brandy or the African Sun.
1958A. JacksonTrader on Veld 44Crude Cape brandy was very cheap...They were fond of mixing it with buchu, aniseed or other herbs, and also liked ‘Gember brandewyn’ (Ginger brandy).
1967E.M. SlatterMy Leaves Are Green 200A blast of Cape brandy struck me as he came closer..it explained all Cooke’s arrogance and his recklessness.
1973Sunday Times 12 Aug. (Mag. Sect.) 12The prices of the good old days — best Cape brandy at 7s. 6d. a gallon, finest French champagne at 60s. a dozen quart bottles.
1989Sun Aug. 25The first course, a superbly blended mousse of pheasant and truffle, flavoured with Cape brandy and served with brioche.
1990Tribute Apr. 47 (advt)The story of Cape brandy can be traced back to 1659 when the first wine was pressed, a mere seven years after Jan van Riebeeck had established his refreshment station on the shores of Table Bay.
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