Spirits with shocking ingredients

17th April, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

Anty Gin

The result of a joint venture between gin producer Cambridge Distillery and Nordic Food Lab, Anty is a 40% abv gin containing the essence of approximately 62 wood ants.

Also known as formica rufa, the red wood ant is found in large colonies all around the northern hemisphere. The ants defend their homes from invaders by producing formic acid in their abdomens which is sprayed at their enemies.

The carboxylic acid is a reactive compound found in alcohol that acts as an agent for producing aromatic esters.

The formica rufa used in Anty gin were sourced from the forests of Kent, England and combined with botanicals including wood avens, nettle and alexanders seed, as well as Bulgarian juniper.

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