Mahala Botanical is a truly inspirational product from farm to glass, Danielle and her team are involved in every step of the process. Each and every bottle of Mahala Botanical has been distilled, bottled and hand-labelled on site at Dona distillery in Cape Town.
In 2020, Danielle Schoeman, a renowned South African Master Distiller, began trialing various alcohol-free distilled spirits in her Dona craft distillery. Foraging botanicals from her family farm in the Cape she experimented with various blends until eventually discovering the perfect recipe. Using nine different botanicals (some of which are uniquely indigenous to the Western Cape) she created Mahala Botanical – a flavoursome, premium, non-alcoholic spirit.
Free from sugar, alcohol, colourants and artificial flavours. Mahala is also gluten and vegan friendly. It offers health-conscious and mindful consumers a great tasting premium drink – free from alcohol, full of spirit.
The all-natural botanicals undergo a triple-distillation process in her custom-built vacuum stills. This ensures abundant flavour and results in a complex, layered finish. The end product is a beautiful premium drink that delivers a sophisticated alternative to alcoholic beverages. Featuring nine ingredients, including the likes of honeybush, orange, clove, buchu, Pelargonium Citronella, more, this tipple offers up floral, vibrant flavours that’ll pair wonderfully with tonic for a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.
Mahala is made in South Africa, using nine hand-sourced botanicals that are infused under vacuum to extract the flavour. The entirety of the product is distilled with our custom built stills.
“Mahala” is the Zulu word for “free”… Mahala Botanical is free from sugar, alcohol, colourants and artificial flavours. Mahala is also gluten and vegan friendly.
A Word about the inspiration behind Mahala:
Cape Town born and bred, Danielle established Dona Distillery in 2019 with the dream to disrupt the industry with custom built vacuum stills (the only ones in Africa at the time) and ambitious goal to bring new and exciting spirits to the local and international markets.
By 2020 Doña had won multiple awards including the trophy for the Best Low/No-alcohol Drink, Best Ready to Drink and numerous medals for her spirits at local and international competitions.
Danielle sees herself as an ambitious distiller with her vision to produce the highest quality products by continuously innovating and pushing the envelope. In her free time, Danielle enjoys hiking the mountain ranges of the Western Cape and spending time with her friends and family.