Sabrina Traubner

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Sabrina Traubner

European Bar School Head Instructor, Cape Town, South Africa.

Sabrina is a young, energetic woman with an untamed passion for all things to do with spirits and creating cocktails. Starting out as an event bartender in 2016, Sabrina climbed through the ranks and finally joined the Cape Town European Bartender School as the Head Instructor in 2021.

She is well experienced in cocktail design, spirits education, event hosting and always brings a positive and vibrant energy to any occasion. Her fun, charismatic, 'carefree' attitude has allowed her to adjust to almost any environment and work well with all types of people, which in return has gained her access to be part of a variety of industry platforms such as the Protege Bartender Programme, The Hand-Up Mentorship Programme and Bombay Sapphires Creator Hub. Her legacy is to showcase the importance of being true to oneself and using one's intuition when it comes to professional and personal growth

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Hometown Hero Challenge Cocktail: Green Rocket

Glass: Highball
Garnish: Charred Pineapple Dust*
Method: Build the Patrón Silver, fresh lime juice in a highball glass, add cubed ice and top with the Spiced Cream Soda leaving a space for the coconut cream and white cacao liqueur foam then garnish with a light dusting of charred pineapple dust.
40ml Patrón Silver tequila
20ml Lime juice
Spiced Sparletta Cream Soda*
White Cacao & Coconut Cream Foam*
Inspiration: Sparletta Creme Soda is a cotton candy vanilla soft drink that every South African has connected to a fond memory. It's often referred to as the 'Green Ambulance' and enjoyed the day after a lekker jol (South African slang for a great night). For some, it is more than just a mystical hangover cure. This neon green mixer has become a South African staple – its shocking colour and flavour appeal to all in a kid's Creme Soda Float or a 'Green Mamba' for the grown-ups. Creme Soda sparks up a carefree innocent time of one's life. It reminds you of how simple and bright everything was when you were younger. Then eventually as you grow older you and your outlook on life shift. Its green colour inspires those who dare to try something out-of-the-ordinary. Try the Green Rocket. It's an elevated Patrón Creme Soda Float with a South African twist.

*Spiced Creme Soda
300ml Sparletta Creme Soda
2x Star anise
1x Cinnamon quill cracked
1x nutmeg cracked
2x Thai Lime Leaves
250g Sugar

Heat dry spices
Add creme Soda and sugar to pot
Cook until sugar is dissolved
Dilute syrup with water

Coconut Cream and White Chocolate Foam
200ml coconut Cream
75ml White Cacao liqueur
Shake with a spring or use a milk frother to create a foamy texture

*Charred pineapple dust
Dehydrate Pineapples
Char until black
Break down in a mortar and pestel

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