Ever wonder what it’s like to eat gin made from red wood fire ants? Neither have we. Seems like a weird thing to do. But the Nordic Food Lab and Cambridge Distillery are driving on the other side of the road in more ways than one.
They’ve created their first batch of Anty Gin and released only 99 bottles for sale. The gin has no ants visible inside (luckily), but each bottle has the ‘essence’ of about 62 red wood ants. What does that mean? It means they’ve taken the formic acid and pheromones released by the ants and combined them with ethanol to create a citrusy, scented flavor. So basically ant venom and ethanol make a pretty good gin. Who knew?