Kreepy Krauly, Q20 and Pratley's Putty. These are some of the great modern inventions that helped South Africa change the world as we know. So too that favourite after-dinner treat, the uniquely South African Don Pedro.
Now your first reaction may be a desire to correct the spelling to ‘Dom’, but you would be wrong. It’s one of those classic eggcorns that many locals still stubbornly use. Words. They’re flipping tricky, aren’t they?
This truly South African drink was invented by Danny Ferris, who owned the Belinzona restaurant in Blouberg (Cape Town) in the 1970s. During a whisky distillery tour to Scotland, Danny tipped some whisky over ice cream – and thought it tasted rather good. He started serving it when he came back, and the rest is history.
For international readers, a Don Pedro is an adult milkshake. Some call it a cocktail and others a dessert; although due to the desired consistency the latter is probably more accurate. Splash a tot or two of whisky mixed into ice cream, and served in a stemmed glass. This vintage tipple is still hugely popular, and these days a sweet liqueur is a popular booze to use, such as Kahlua, Amarula or Frangelico.
For all intensive purposes it doesn’t really matter how you pronounce it, just mumble a bit when you order one – your waiter will know what you want. It’s a mute point.