After a hard day of temple-touring in Siem Reap, remember that a cocktail (or several) are never far away. Whether you’re a Cosmopolitan Pink Lady, or more of a Martini Harvey Wallbanger, almost every watering hole in town purveys a few choice concoctions. 7Days scoured the city, tried them all, and (once sober), selected some of the best for your swilling pleasure. Bottoms up.
Passionate Rita at the Victoria Angkor
The Drink: Tequila, lime juice and fresh passionfruit.
The Damage: $6
The Details: As potent as it is tasty, you’re getting a lot of bang for your six bucks. Not only do you get one scrumptious bevvy, but you get to enjoy it in the decadent poolside experience that is the Victoria Hotel. The only problem? One glass just isn’t enough. This is a seriously moreish potion.
Sangria Picasso at Picasso
The Drink: Red wine, sugar, fresh fruit and brandy topped with soda
The Damage: $3.25 for a glass, $7.50 for a carafe
The Details: For anyone who’s holidayed in a Costa-something, this one will bring you right back: Picasso’s has this Spanish classic down to a fine art. While the bar’s round-table layout makes chatting with strangers inevitable, a carafe of this stuff will help the conversation flow smoothly. Added bonus: the boozy fruit at the bottom of the glass. Delicious.
Moscow Mule at Angkor What?
The Drink: Vodka, ginger ale and lime
The Damage: $8
The Details: For those who like quantity with quality, this tasty not-so-little number flows by the bucketload. Literally. While Pub Street isn’t everyone’s bag, and this certainly isn’t the prettiest-looking drink on the list, it’s worth making like a backpacker just for the night to enjoy the good tunes, great atmosphere and gorgeous drinks. A word of advice: bring a friend, you don’t want to knock one of these back solo.
Frangelico Caprioska at Miss Wong
The Drink: Frangelico, vodka, cranberry juice, lime and sugar.
The Damage: $4.50
The Details: Ask any cocktail connoisseur where they’ll get a good tipple around town and they’ll point you in the direction of Miss Wong. And while the drink menu reads like one appetising tome, this one stands out as my favourite. Tasting like something delicious and baked, it’s the perfect after-dinner digestif in a decidedly glamorous hang-out.
Mudslide at Home Cocktail
The Drink: Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua, and vanilla ice-cream.
The Damage: $2.50
The Details: If you like your dessert in liquid form, then look no further than this delectable treat. Basically a milkshake with a kick, it goes down easy. And what better spot to watch the world go by than a busy corner spot like Home Cocktail? To sweeten the deal even further, this joint’s all-day happy hour means a glass of the stuff is often as cheap as a bottle of water.
Correspondent’s Feast at The FCC
The Drink: Vodka, dry gin, fresh lime, ginger ale and mint syrup.
The Damage: $5.50
The Details: Fresh and thirst-quenching, this tropical-looking punch is the perfect antidote to a long day – and where better to kick back and take in the river views? While I’m just a tad biased due to this drink’s title, it has the goods to back it up. Wait for a balmy evening by the FCC pond to enjoy this one at its very best.
Norwegian Fjellbekk at Soria Moria
The Drink: Aquavit, vodka, lime juice and sprite
The Damage: $5
The Details: A breath of fresh Scandinavian air atop the Soria Moria rooftop, this signature cocktail at the Norwegian-run hotel is a real treat. Crisp, tasty and just the right amount of sweet, I can’t imagine a better accompaniment for watching the sun go down over Siem Reap.