Whether shaken or stirred, Cambodia’s cocktails offer views to match their captivating flavours
Cambodian mule at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap
Crafted using vodka, fresh ginger, fresh lime and ginger beer, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor’s play on the Moscow mule receives an Asian twist thanks to the addition of fresh ginger. But the real star here is the Mombasa ginger beer concocted by East Imperial, a company based in Singapore that makes small-batch, high-end tonic waters, ginger beer and soda that are designed to enhance traditional cocktails. The tartness of the lime, the fire of the ginger and the local silver on the glass combine for a truly exceptional Cambodian cocktail experience, best enjoyed beside the hotel’s stunning pool.
The XYZ at the D22, Phnom Penh
As the capital’s skyline thrusts ever upwards, catching up with its regional peers, visitors are afforded opportunities to grab views that were, until recently, only available to those with a private aircraft. The D22 bar, set on the 22nd floor of the Phnom Penh Tower, is the best eyrie in which to drink in the fresh urban vistas. The floor-to-ceiling windows, discrete seating areas and oh-so-low lighting make it stand tall for those seeking metropolitan pleasures. Three words – simple, dry and unfussy – best describe its XYZ cocktail, a blend of tropical rum, triple sec and lime juice.
Piña Colada at the Veranda Natural Resort, Kep
Sweet pineapple, tangy lime and creamy coconut make the rum-laden piña colada a perfect tropical sundowner, but what really makes this tipple stand out is the view. From the infinity pool at Veranda Natural Resort – a beautiful hotel set on a green hillside in the peaceful town of Kep – guests can sip on cooling drinks while gazing out over the calm seas of the Gulf of Thailand. The dramatic flare of the sun setting out west renders the breathtaking vista as delightful to the eyes as Veranda’s ice-cold take on a timeless cocktail is to the tastebuds.