If you have a hankering for great gin and a little weekend escape, Phnom Penh’s Raffles Hotel le Royal is launching a new World Gin Tour.
The Elephant Bar at the 90-year-old Raffles Hotel Le Royal is one of Asia’s most iconic hotel bars and now, with the launch of it’s new World Gin Tour showcasing, there’s even more reason to take a perch at its reveered mahogany.
Highlighting one of Southeast Asia’s most diverse and thoughtfully curated collections, the yearlong World Gin Tour spotlights select labels from Elephant Bar’s collection of more than 150 distinctive gins from around the world. Each month will introduce a new special cocktail menu featuring refreshing drinks made with a different country’s gin, in addition to a gin masterclass that includes cocktail flights for two hours highlighting the featured gin.
Upcoming stops on the tour include Australian gin (February), Spanish gin (March), Cambodian gin (April) and Irish gin (May). The “World Gin Tour” kicked off in January with French gin. Each stop on the tour begins with an exclusive, one-night “bar takeover” featuring guest mixologists.
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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. Among the bar’s guests over the past 90+ years have been Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham and Jacqueline Kennedy, who sipped the first Femme Fatale —now a signature cocktail at Elephant Bar.
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