If gin is your favoured tipple, then look no further than Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s World Gin Tour. The hotel’s iconic Elephant Bar is serving gins from across the globe, hand picked from its selection of more than 150 gins from around the world.
The year-long World Gin Tour sees a new specially curated cocktail menu featuring refreshing drinks made with a different country’s gin each month. In addition, a “gin masterclass” will take place each month. This includes cocktail flights for two hours highlighting the featured gin ($28).
Where will the World Tour take me?
Raffles Hotel Le Royal‘s World Gin Tour started in January with French gin. This was followed in February with Australian gin and Spanish gin in March. This month sees the spotlight thrown on Cambodian gin and in May, the tour will take in Irish gin. Other gin locations are to be unveiled at a closer date.
Each stop on the tour begins with a one-night “bar takeover” featuring guest mixologists.
What else is involved in Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s World Gin Tour?
Guests will be given a gin pass to fill up throughout the year to be in with a chance of winning prizes.
The pass consists of 12 stamps. Those who get six stamps will receive a complimentary Elephant Bar gin masterclass. Nine stamps wins a complimentary bottle of Elephant Bar Dry Gin. Those who collect12 stamps earn a cocktail tailor made by the guest to be featured on Elephant Bar’s menu for one month.
What is Elephant Var?
Elephant Bar is one of Phnom Penh’s most iconic bars, having hosted a string of celebrities. These include Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham and Jacqueline Kennedy, who sipped the first Femme Fatale – now a signature cocktail at Elephant Bar.
With its rich wood accents, colourful ceiling frescoes and historic photographs on the walls, Elephant Bar is a long-time institution in Phnom Penh. Wicker chairs and leather sofas bask behind high French windows and arched colonnades in true colonial style.
Elephant Bar was recently nominated in Cambodia’s Top 30 Bar Awards.