10 weird ingredients that have been used in gin

Ants

Believe it or not, more than one distiller has used ants in gin.

Back in 2014 Cambridge Distillery launched Anty Gin made with distilled red wood ants in collaboration with the Nordic Food Lab.

Each bottle of the 40% abv gin contains the essence of around 62 red wood ants foraged in Kent. Other botanicals in the gin include nettles, alexanders seeds and Bulgarian juniper.

The brainchild of distiller Will Lowe, Anty Gin costs £200 for a 70cl bottle.

Fast-forwarding to 2017, The Something Wild Beverage Company released its Australian Green Ant Gin and Applewood Distillery also unveiled its Green Ant Gin in the same month.

The former is made at the Adelaide Hills Distillery by its founder Sacha La Forgia, who was squeamish about the idea but now believes that ants are the ideal botanical. “By putting them in the bottle, I’m hoping to encourage people to eat them,” La Forgia told In Daily.

Applewood Distillery meanwhile launched a limited edition Green Ant Gin on Valentine’s Day 2017, of which just 300 bottles were produced, priced at $120 (£74) each.

The gin was made with green ants from New South Wales and a number of native botanicals.

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