Amansara Hotel, perhaps the only hotel in Siem Reap that doesn’t have a bar, has just upped the stakes in the race to spawn a local or indigenous signature cocktail, with the launch of Ant, a cocktail which features – you guessed it – ants.
The ants do of course give the drink a tangy edge, and the cocktail is the invention of the hotel’s food and beverage manager, Hong Kong expat Vicky Tsang.
But before Ant was launched on the public, it got the taste test and approval from general manager Sally Baughen.
Vicky says she invented the cocktail after getting the call from Baughen for “something funky and authentically Cambodian.”
Apart from the ants, the drink is a concoction of secret herbs and spices which Vicky says includes tamarind juice, coconut cream, coconut juice, honey and home made syrup.
It gets its kick form “home made” alcohol which is essentially rum infused with lemon grass, ginger, galangal, tumeric, and finger root, aka Chinese ginger.
Vicky says she buys the live ants from Psar Leu market and assures everyone that they are humanely executed before being added to the heady, tasty cocktail, which costs $18.
HASH RUN FUN
Hash run Number 20, titled, The Bloody Hell It’s Hot Run, is on tomorrow and Mad Dogs and Englishmen and sundry other types and nationalities are invited to front up tomorrow afternoon at the the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa parking lot for a bit of a run in the sun.
According to organiser Short Stump starting time is, “15:00 SGT (Standard German Time as opposed to Standard Khmer Time, which is about two hours later).”
So there you have it. Be there with $5 which gets you, “A great afternoon filled with fun, joy, a feed after the run/walk and the odd beer or 5.”
You have been warned.