AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 10 – BEN THANH MARKET, HCMC, VIETNAM.

BUILDING

Ben Thanh Market and Le Loi Street as drawn by Richie Fawcett in 2015

Built in 1914 by the French, the market was initially called Les Halles Centrales before being re-named Ben Thanh Market in 1948. Standing at the intersection of Le Loi and Ham Nghi, the market was built on reclaimed marshland. Today the front entrance of Ben Thanh Market is a popular symbol of the city.

Street Vendor around Ben Thanh Market 2016 Drawn by Richie Fawcett

COCKTAIL

Inspired by the mind blowing range of produce available under one roof the cocktail comes in a treasure box, symbolizing the markets mysterious contents. The cocktail itself is short and snappy in the classic Caiphirinia style. Tropical fruits of all descriptions muddled with harmonious herbs and spices. This is Ben Thanh Market in a glass!

Ben Thanh Market cocktail presented at the table to guests in a treasure box.

INGREDIENTS

25ml Red Rice Ruou Son Tinh, 25ml Lychee liqueur, 15ml Coconut Vinegar, 20ml Sugar Cane Syrup, 1 whole Strawberry, 1 Lychee, Half Diced lime, Third of 1 birds eye red chili, a fresh sprig, 1 Vietnamese Basil leaves.

METHOD

Muddle all ingredients in a boston tin, transfer to a rocks glass, Add crushed ice, Garnish with a fresh sprig of Vietnamese basil inside a fresh lychee skewered by a metal cocktail stick.

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