My Story

Hi my bibulous guys and dolls

I’m Tammy Jackson, your cocktail-loving South African born, country living, wife, mother and drinks blogger. Who you’ll rarely see without red lippy and nails but frequently in the kitchen or behind the bar. Either cooking, making tea or drinks. 

The influences

My passion for food and drinks (they go together like g and t) stems from growing up with my mother. How she loved to entertain and always had an open door policy with friends and family popping in or coming for cocktail parties and foodie involved gatherings. Don’t forget the carpet picnics! In my early twenties, I worked along one of the most gorgeous stretches of beach fronts in Cape Town in Camps Bay. The cocktails flowed. Beach goers and holiday makers from around the world would share their favourite drinks from travels and places I had never been. This was probably my first hands-on experience with cocktails. My fascination was with stories and memories that these drinks reminded people of.


The entertainers

As the years went on these influences became a part of me, as if by magic these experiences had entwined their way into my being. A love for entertaining, a love for making drinks and cooking – just about anything. From pasta making evenings, themed evenings, raclette or sushi making. The list goes on. My husband (Mr For Cocktail Sake) and I love being social, whether at home entertaining or taking our drinks and food to friends and family. 

The motivation

Life then took a strange turn in 2013, as I embarked on getting fit, strong and super healthy. A year later my body felt like it was packing up. No fuel was getting my body going and my get up and go, got up and left. I gave up my social media agency and my newly launched local women’s magazine, to take time out to get better. In the last few years, surviving copper toxicity and slowly healing from fibromyalgia and an IUD perforating through my body, I’ve been a stay at home mom – I still can’t say the English ‘mum’ 🙂  I’ve been doing bits of social media freelancing but I couldn’t commit to anything permanent. I so missed writing and being social on and offline, that I decided to start blogging. It was remembering all these things that brought so much joy to me, that inspired writing about cocktails.  

Home Sweet Home For Cocktail Sake Home Bar Drinks Blog
Photography: Claire Barker at Sunshine & Wellies


The For Cocktail Sake Home Bar was born

Hubster built me a bar in our living room, finding a way to decipher my thoughts and designs. We began unpacking all the gifts and drink related paraphernalia I’d stored since becoming ill. Honestly, it was like Christmas! I was finding my mojo. I have a thirst for knowledge and this journey is one of bringing people together, and learning all there is to know about my hobby and sharing this experience with you.

Goal game

My mission is to inspire you. Pimp your Prosecco. Try something smokey. Put aside the plastic straws. Spritz your gin and bitter up your bourbon. Make, bringing the people you love spending time with, special. And make something special for you. You (de)serve it!

It may sound completely counterintuitive that I started a cocktail blog, during my healing journey. (I mean is she mad, I hear you say) I love the creativity, the teaching, the learning, the trying of new things. 

So, when last did you do something for the first time?

Let’s go make some cocktails!