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December 19, 2021

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Alchemy Kitchen

The world is still a bit upside down. The "midnight" count down is just not quite the same when you do it at 11! Avoid the disappointment of curfew and join us as we bid farewell to 2021 and welcome 2022 with a special all-day celebration of brunch and bubbly! From 8am to 1pm, join us at your leasire for Brunch and bubbly specials. Or from 1pm to 4pm, book for our Bottomless Bubbly and Brunch party!

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December 13, 2021

Alchemy Kitchen Extended Trading Hours

Alchemy Kitchen will operate extended hours from 16 December 2021 to 8 January 2022, remaining open until 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Our tapas-style small plates are perfect in this summer heat, and especially with the Season's excesses upon us! Experience a variety of delectable flavours without having to over-indulge, stay refreshed and cool with your favourite cocktail, or pair your tapas with the selection of wines we have available by the glass!

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May 7, 2021

Mothers Day Wine Specials

Looking for the perfect way to spoil Mom? Does she love wine and bubbles? With these gift sets from Alchemy you can't go wrong! Roses are nice, but rosé is even better. Spoil mom with our gift set of three very special Rosé Wines (retail price R410, nab it for Mom for R360!), or celebrate in style with our duo of Rosé bubbles (retail price R500, get the set for R450!). Offers available to Sunday, 9 May 2021.

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March 2, 2021

Wine and food pairings are back!

Following cancellation of many of our planned wine and food pairings in 2020, we are super excited to have secured a number of bookings for 2021, welcoming wine makers and farm owners to Alchemy Kitchen to showcase their craft, perfectly paired with delicious food from our kitchen. Here is a taste of things to come. To book or get onto our mailing list, please e-mail us at

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August 18, 2020

Alchemy Bar is Back!!

At long last restrictions have been lifted and Alchemy Bar will open its doors on Thursday, 20 August 2020! Look out for our 'happy hour, every hour' specials at both Alchemy Bar and Alchemy Kitchen. With your safety and that of our staff in mind, we trust you will understand that we need to limit numbers, enforce social distancing and apply strict hygiene protocols. We look forward to seeing you at Alchemy!

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July 1, 2020

Alchemy cocktail kit recipes

Thanks for buying one of the Alchemy home cocktail kits! Find the recipes here. Haven't got your kit yet? Please visit us as Alchemy to secure yours now.

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August 12, 2019

The wine people

Years ago at a well known wine event in Durban, a friend made a comment about the people behind the wine, or as he called them, "the wine people" - in essence, that they were all interesting, engaging, opinionated yet down to earth, and generally just bloody nice. Recent months have seen many wine makers visit the greater Durban area, providing an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Each shared some pearls of wisdom or reminded me of previously learnt lessons.

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March 29, 2019

Our wine mojo

Special wine finds and new discoveries are generally hard to come by, and, at the risk of generalisation, in KZN we tend to go for "safe" varietals. So the mojo behind our wine choices in The 'Other' Room is clear: we aim to bring wine lovers in our corner of the world extraordinary South African wines, introduce the pioneers who are blazing new trails, and encourage winos to challenge themselves, step out of their comfort zone and try something new. While always striving to provide good value.

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September 30, 2018

I hate Burgundy

This (somewhat deliberately controversial) statement raised a few eyebrows at a recent wine tasting. Fact is, a trip to Burgundy some years ago left me unimpressed with the wines though moved by an extraordinary cellar and tasting experience. As always with wine, I have recently had to challenge my own prejudice. South African wine makers are creating fascinating Pinot Noirs worth exploring, especially as summer approaches. Sometimes all it takes is to keep trying previously dismissed options!

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August 24, 2018

Wine, women and song

It's Women's month, and what better opportunity to celebrate women in the wine industry, which remains male dominated. The ladies who are tackling the industry are making a rather big splash, innovating and breaking new ground. Join me as I explore the illusive and hard to decribe feminine touch found in recent tastings, feature two inriguing ladies and their wines, and once again tackle the issue of preconceived notions when deciding what to drink!

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August 19, 2018

Love the wine you're with

Wine is serious business. Wine can be so bloody intimidating! But the pomp and ceremony can most definitely serve to discourage, even ruin friendships, and what good is that? Join me for a lighthearted look at wine "enjoyment" as I share some of the most valuable lessons I've learnt on my wine journey to date.

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398 & 445 Main Rd, Ballito, 4420

Tel: 032 648 0032

© 2018 Blackstrap Craft Distillery (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.
Unit 55A, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, 398 & 445 Main Rd, Ballito, 4420
Tel: 032 648 0032    |    Email:

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