Anyone for ant-flavoured gin?
The Cambridge Distillery have created the worlds first gin infused with the ‘essense’ of ants
The drink you never asked for is finally here: gin flavoured with ants.
Miles Irving, a professional forager, collected over 6000 red wood ants and placed them in a strong ethanol solution, before distilling it to make an ant concentrate.
The gin is the first in the world to be made using insects, and each Â£200 bottle contains the “essence” of 62 ants.
Red wood ant distillation, one litre a time (Anty Gin)
The ants were chosen for their citrus flavour, caused by the formic acid they produce.
William Lowe from The Cambridge Distillery said: “The reason people use ants is they have a very specific flavour which is best described as a citrus flavour. We did a lot of research and found that the reason ants taste like citrus is because they spray formic acid as a method of defence.”
“Hundreds of years ago formic acid was made by distilling ants, and so that’s what we decided to do.
They mixed botanicals like stinging nettle, wood avens root and alexanders seed to mix with the distilled ant solution.
“The result is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind gin that is being very well received worldwide. People are astounded at how good it tastes. It’s expensive because it’s so labour intensive – Anty Gin was almost a year in the making.”
“We want eyebrows to be raised. The whole point of Anty Gin is to open people’s eyes to the possibility of insects being used as a viable source of food and flavour.”
There only 99 bottles of the unique gin on sale, available from the Anty Gin website. Via