Hip hotel adds jam to dram

Hip hotel adds jam to dram

Jam – the condiment of choice for sticky-fingered children – had a more adult outing on Thursday at the launch of House Boutique Hotel’s “social cocktail” menu.

The new cocktails designed by upmarket liquor importers La Familia are all flavoured by hearty dollops of jam made by L’Irresistible, an NGO that provides employment for adults with disabilities.

Ian Jones, adviser to the hotel since its launch earlier in the year, has become a passionate jam evangelist, despite growing up in Australia, where Vegemite is the more traditional spread.

“It’s good for shock,” he says of the new cocktails. “The jam gives [people] the sugar they need, and the alcohol relaxes them.”

“Maybe if you’re robbed or something, or depressed – jam!” he exclaims with a laugh.

And the cocktails at House Boutique certainly are cheering. Despite the two teaspoons of fruity syrup in every drink, they’re refreshingly zingy, rather than overly sweet.

In the Banana Hammock ($4.25), dollops of banana jam are balanced out by cinnamon and angostura bitters with a whiskey base. The Coco Snap ($4.50) combines pineapple-coco jam with cognac and prosecco to create a fizzy, moreish tipple.

Thursday’s launch was billed as a “social cocktail” event, a label that Jones says reflects the hotel’s ethos that “you can do two things at once – you can buy stuff and create social impact.”

And, he added with his typical enthusiasm, “It’s f— jam!” House Boutique Hotel is located at #76 Street 57.


  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not