Popular cocktails you need to try

Lemon-Butta: Popular cocktails you need to try 

Whenever you watch films or read books, there are times when you come across a character ordering a cocktail drink, usually in between crucial scenes. This may be a point in the plot where they are taking a break to unwind, trying to meet up with someone or carrying out a mission. 

If you haven’t tried cocktails, or the one they order looks particularly nice, then you might want to try it. Luckily, you can do just that when you visit us here in Lemon-Butta Capetown. We specialize in South African and Mediterranean cuisine along with an extensive list of drinks for you and your companions to enjoy. 

If you are feeling adventurous or you simply want to try one of the most popular cocktails in the world, then you have come to the right place. Before you know it, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a drink at our restaurant while digging into some food. 

Have trouble deciding which cocktail to try? Check out the list we have made below to help you choose the perfect one. 


Named after one of the most popular places in the world, the Manhattan cocktail is one of the classics. The ingredients and process of making it are also incredibly easy. It simply needs tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and salt. Most bartenders add their own flourish to the drink as well, decorating it with mint leaves or lime slices. 

A Manhattan is best served shaken and not stirred. Include rocks, a pinch of lemon and a layer of salt on the rim. One taste of this cocktail and you might not want to try anything else. It is the epitome of timeless drinks and something that everyone should try at least once in their lives. 


A martini is one of the most popular cocktails and is also considered classic and timeless. The traditional martini is stirred, not shaken and features gin or vodka, vermouth, and you can top it off with olives or lemon peels. Popular fictional characters like James Bond are known to enjoy a martini or two during their escapades.  

Now, there are lots of different martinis. You can always go with the classic one and spruce it up every time you want to try something different. Other popular martini variations include apple, passion fruit and espresso. Since it is an incredibly versatile drink, you have the freedom to decide which one suits you best. 

Pimm’s punch

If you are the kind of person who enjoys fruity drinks or candy, then Pimm’s punch is something that you should try. This is typically popular in Great Britain during the summertime to help the locals beat the heat. It has a deep red colour similar to strawberries or the flesh of a watermelon. 

This fruity drink contains mint leaves, cucumber, lemon, orange and strawberries. You can enjoy it over normal rocks or with shaved ice. Either way, this is the perfect drink to cool yourself off and satisfy your fruity cravings. 

Whiskey sour

Everyone knows that whiskey is another popular cocktail that lots of people enjoy. However, you can also try different variations of this, similar to a martini. A whiskey sour, in particular, is a type of whiskey that you should try. Those who enjoy sour candies or drinks are sure to love this drink as well. 

Made with whiskey, lemon juice, sugar and an egg white, this drink is smooth and is sure to satisfy your cravings. Plus, it is incredibly enjoyable to watch the bartender put all of the ingredients together and make a delicious concoction. Drink it quickly, because the quality of a whiskey sour tends to go down the longer you leave it on its own. 


If you are looking for something a little on the strong side, then a glass of old-fashioned is something you cannot miss. There is a good chance that every bartender on the planet knows how to make this drink because it’s so popular. Made with bourbon or rye whiskey, bitters, sugar and orange, this drink is sure to wake you up. 

For those who are not used to it, you might be taken aback by the initial flavour. Once you get used to it, you will notice that it’s actually quite smooth and compliments the orange flavour nicely. Plus, it also sounds cool to order an old-fashioned from the bar. 

Strawberry daiquiri 

Fruit lovers unite because a strawberry daiquiri is another popular drink that people all over the world have grown to love. It is simple to make and also looks delicious. It is made with ripe strawberries, rum, lime, and a special type of syrup. The drink can satisfy your thirst and your sweet cravings at the same time! 

You will often see fruit lovers order a strawberry daiquiri, or simply because they want something more flavourful to drink. If you want to spruce things up a little, you can also enjoy this drink with shaved ice to turn it into a slushie. 

Pina colada

The pina colada is another drink that is often mentioned in songs, movies and books. It is known for its deliciously sweet and sour taste along with its unique appearance as well. The ingredients include coconut cream, white rum and lots of pineapple juice. 

A pina colada is typically enjoyed by people on vacation or who are enjoying time in a tropical setting. It seems fitting considering the fact that the drink is made with tropical ingredients as well. 


If there are cocktails that specialize in fruity or bitter flavours, there is also a popular variety that is known for its citrusy flavour. A cosmopolitan didn’t make its way to popularity until the 90s when people watched fictional characters drink it on television. It doesn’t just taste good, but it looks amazing as well! 

A cosmopolitan is made with citrus vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry juice. It’s the perfect combination especially if you are looking for a mixture of both sweet and sour flavours. Plus, you can order it almost anywhere because it’s a popular variety in other places of the world. 

Why you should visit South Africa

If there’s one thing people know about South Africa, it’s that it serves as a home to lots of different exotic animals. This is certainly true, but you can also appreciate all of the other amazing things the country has to offer. Mingling with the locals and trying delicious food and drinks are just some of the things you’re in for. 

Going on a safari is definitely an unmatched experience in South Africa. However, try your best to do some exploring outside of the popular tourist attractions and go for some underrated activities instead. There are lots of hidden gems for you to discover, so take the time to try them all! 

One of the reasons why you should visit South Africa is because of the exotic culture. You will be in a large piece of land that is home to thousands of animal species. From elephants to antelopes, you should be able to witness all of them in their natural habitat. Lots of beautiful mountains and beaches will be there for you to see as well. 

Meeting the locals and spending time with them is also a great experience. Acting like a tourist will make you feel alienated from them. Luckily,  there are lots of people in South Africa who can speak English. They are very kind and should do their best to help you out if you need it. 

Another reason why you should visit South Africa is because of the unique experience. If you grew up in a different culture, then visiting places like Capetown will be a welcome change to what you are used to. There may be a small adjustment to the culture, but it is nothing you can’t handle.

Plus, you will have us here at Lemon-Butta to be by your side! You can always rely on us to give you assistance in terms of delicious food and drinks, but you can also ask for directions! Some of our staff members will be able to help you with recommendations on places to visit and travel tips to make your stay even more enjoyable. 

There are lots of people who come to South Africa expecting to stay there for less than a week. However, you will need to stay there for quite a long time if you really want to enjoy the experience. Meeting people, eating the food and basking in the culture is a must. 

So, what are you waiting for? Come on over to South Africa and pay us a visit here in Lemon-Butta Capetown! You can rest assured we will make you feel welcome and show you just how special South African culture is.

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