Back in March, British bartender Paul Mathew came to FCC and brought with him a historical journey through Cambodian culture by way of the craft cocktail. Through a pop-up bar at the Phnom Penh Mansion, Paul served drinks he uniquely fashioned after he browsed history books and interviewed residents about various liquor-infused moments throughout the Kingdom’s history.
FCC loved Paul’s concoctions so much that we decided to hold onto a few of his creations and add them to the permanent menu of the Mansion’s heritage bar. Now you can come experience a selection of Paul’s Legendary Cocktail Journey drinks seven nights a week.
Selection 1: 20s and 30s
The 1920s and 30s were part of the golden age of cocktails and bartending, and these are two classics that were widely drunk at the time (with a few modern twists).
- Dark chocolate Old Fashioned: Bourbon, sugar, dark chocolate and chocolate bitters
- Lemongrass and ginger Collins: Gin, lemongrass and ginger syrup, lime and soda
Selection 2: 50s and 60s
The 1950s and 60s were certainly popular times for the classics. Meanwhile, Hemingway was sitting back in Havana, sipping on his Mojitos!
- Mojito: Rum, lime, mint, soda, pomelo and cardamom syrup
Selection 3: 80s and 90s
The 80s and 90s saw the cocktail gaining in popularity, with relatively simple classics fuelling the club and bar scene, as well as a few modern classics appearing. We’ve used some Cambodian ingredients to update them a little.
- Mango and cardamom Daiquiri: Fresh mango and cardamom purée, rum and lime
- Gin & tonic: With fresh pomelo and grapefruit bitters
Selection 4: Now
Cocktails are having another golden age. Bars are developing the new modern classics and being more creative than ever!
- Passionate Englishman: Gin, passion fruit, vanilla & apple syrup and lime
The Mansion was built between 1910 and 1920 by a rich Cambodian trader for his private house. Located at # 3 Sothearos Boulevard, this villa faces the Meru Square where the National Museum was constructed from the year 1917 onwards. An old map of Phnom Penh and photography both from 1925 attest the existence of this house at that time. Now you can visit this historic property, which serves as FCC’s latest exploration of colonial heritage within the Kingdom of Wonder. Visit seven nights a week for beverages and entertainment that will leave you captivated by the property’s remarkable history.