Would You Try Ant Gin? (Made with actual ants)
We’ve written before about odd gins including the lobster infused gin and this time we’ve come across a gin which has approximately 62 red wood ants inside every single bottle, it’s not purely just infused with ants, it also features flavours of young nettles, spring and angelica.
Behind this unique gin is a collaboration between The Cambridge Distillery and Nordic Food Lab,
Each bottle contains approximately 62 red wood ants (Formica rufa), these are found in forests in the northern hemisphere, such a small insect yet they are highly sophisticated, they can communicate using chemical pheromones and they can defend off predators of their colonies by spraying formic acid which they produce in their abdomens (not sure how appealing this ant gin is sounding right now). Luckily it’s this formic acid which reacts well with alcohol to produce some of the unique aromas.