For The Love of Friends


Valentines Day can mean many things to different people, but at the end of the day it is all about celebrating love and the different kinds of love. This Valentines day, we are celebrating the love amongst friends and the unique bond that exists between initial strangers that eventually become family.

Love can be expressed and understood in more than one way, not to mention the different types of loves there are. The one kind of relationship I don’t think we celebrate enough is the one of friendships.

Illustration: Alison Rachel

We are not ones to brag but there is nothing like the gift of friendship, the unspoken intimacy of understanding, love and acceptance that you can feel for people that are not your family but become family because of the bond that is created.

“Our friends can be our soulmates too. Prioritizing our friendships and allowing them to take centre stage every now and again strengthens the bond and allows us to celebrate them. Our friends support us through all our obstacles and seldom get rewarded for their constant loyalty and love. We must nurture all our relationships not just the romantic ones,” says brand consultant and founder of Milltribe, Phemelo Segoe about her decision to celebrate her friends on Valentine’s Day.

Photo: Provided. Top: Phemelo Segoe and Bottom: Thandi Gama

“Valentines is not just about having a boyfriend it’s also appreciating the concept that is love and appreciate those that share it with you be it friends, family or a lover…” says content creator Thandi Gama.

To celebrate this day of love amongst your friends, you can try this delicious fruity Frozen Berry Bubbles cocktail.


To be frozen:

1 cup strawberries

1 cup blackberries

1 cup blueberries

For the mixed berry reduction:

¾ cup strawberries

¾ cup raspberries

1 ½ tbsp

lemon juice

½ tsp

vanilla essence

1/3 cup


To serve:

1 tbsp sugar

550ml Bernini Ruby Sparkling Grape (2 x 275ml)

Mint leave to garnish

Yield: 4 cocktails

Photo: Provided

We are going to be spoiling one lucky MELENIAL reader with a Bernini hamper to toast to friendship and celebrates the love between friends. All you have to do is subscribe to our weekly newsletter and stand a chance to win.

Illustration: Nicholle Kobi