By Edgar Watema
On Wednesday, Uganda Waragi treated guests to a Kampala Cocktail Week pre-party at Bushpig Backpackers in Kololo. The invite only party featured master mixologist Andrew Lazzari, formerly of the Camel Club.
The party was a prelude of what’s yet to come in the highly anticipated cocktail week slated for December 1st to 11th. This year, the number of participating outlets has grown from 15 to 30. Themed “Craft Bartending”, this year’s cocktail week will see mixologists in participating bars eradicate and replace the ‘industrial-made premix packaged stuff’ and artificial colorants with fresh market produce such as locally sourced and freshly squeezed fruit juices, fresh herbs like mint, fresh spices like ginger and cinnamon, house syrups, bitters among others.
Uganda Waragi has set the pace in introducing Ugandans to the cocktail culture having sponsored the first and now second edition of cocktail week.
“The cocktail revolution has taken the world and now Uganda by storm. We have a large number of vibrant, trendy and fun people who want to enjoy their drinks in different tasteful ways and cocktails deliver that experience. Uganda Waragi, as a premium gin lends itself well to many cocktails and it’s only fitting that we enable Kampala Cocktail Week”, said Rhona Namanya, Brand Manager, Uganda Waragi.
Each year, participating outlets are given the task of creating their special edition cocktail week menus. All of the menus this year will feature three shooters, three long drinks and three craft cocktails. These cocktails will be sold at discounted prices of between UGX10, 000 to UGX15, 000.
Philip Kalibwani, Business Development Manager at the Pearl Guide who are the brains behind Kampala Cocktail Week said it will feature a number of events and activities that the public should look out for. “The events this year include the launch party on December 1st, a Gin and Juice Brunch at Riders Lounge on 3rd December and an explosive Uganda Waragi grand finale among others. Invites can be won from Uganda Waragi and the Pearl Guide social media platforms.”