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We’ll Drink to That

May 24, 2023 - Get that glass half full feeling at Six Senses Samui on a Garden to Glass workshop, where you’ll craft cocktails or mocktails using freshly picked produce from Farm on the Hill. Come thirsty for adventure – chin chin!

If you’re thirsty for adventure, the Garden to Glass workshop at Drinks on the Hill is a must-try. Hosted by Sumeet Kumar, Director of Food & Beverages, you’ll tour our bountiful Farm on the Hill and get the chance to sniff out the benefits of each homegrown ingredient before crafting your own mocktails or cocktails using just-picked, in-season produce. Sumeet witnesses a transformation into a calmer state of mind as guests: “actively seek and select ingredients to create recipes inspired by the flavors, aromas and style of drink they wish to create.”

He goes on to say, “Garden to Glass is a beverage program where you are inspired to create your own recipes and build a drink from the garden.” Alternatively, if you’re stuck for ideas, we can recommend the Herb Village, Thai-Jito or Tamarind Margarita, and if you can’t wait until you get here, we’ve shared a recipe below. It’s time to dust off your cocktail shaker!

The tea of life

Kombucha, an age-old drink originating in China, often called the ‘tea of immortality’, remains popular thanks to its phenomenal gut health benefits. While many of us may have experimented with sourdough baking, not everyone has brewed their own kombucha. The principle, however, remains the same, you use a live culture to ferment the tea for the ultimate health kick in a glass.

It's a happy regenerative cycle too. By using a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) to facilitate fermentation, not only can different flavors be achieved but the activated culture can be used again and again to make endless amounts of your favorite tea. 

But unless you’re keen, there’s no need to set up your own brewery, simply sit back and enjoy Sumeet’s flavorful kombucha. His secret (shhh) is a black tea base with a touch of chamomile to enhance the aroma. Sumeet’s beverage is the real deal, with a tart floral taste for added oomph, it is also packed with probiotics that are great for gut health. Who says healthy can’t be tasty too. Plus, all our drinks are served with eco-friendly straws.

Garden to Glass

At Six Senses Samui we want you to have your cake (or kale) and eat it too! Our Eat With Six Senses philosophy underpins everything we do from our Garden To Glass workshops to our Thai Cooking Class. By prioritizing natural ingredients, local and sustainable sourcing, and minimizing processed foods everything you taste is not only delicious but nutritious too. Sit back and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor guilt-free.

Farm on the Hill

At Farm on the Hill we minimize our environmental footprint by converting waste into wealth from compost to charcoal with the help of a team of four-legged gardeners - a cheeky herd of goats. Our two-legged human gardeners cultivate a bountiful patch of earth-growing organic veggies, fruit, and herbs, that help keep our menus 90 percent locally sourced, alongside produce from trusted local farmers and suppliers.

We also invite local schools, community members, and people from the industry to Farm on the Hill, to learn about sustainability and experience waste reduction, circularity, and the use of natural versus chemical pesticides firsthand.

Farmers’ market

Every six weeks, we participate in a green market alongside the community and other hospitality organizations. We sell organic vegetables, bio-charcoal, eggs from our happy hens, and homemade pastries, donating 10 percent of all profits directly to local community initiatives. And twice a year, we have the honor of hosting the market at Six Senses Samui. If you’re popping to the market, we’ll give you a cotton bag to fill up with delicious goodies.

Cheers to that!

Dust off your cocktail shaker. Sumeet shares one of his favorite cocktail recipes for you to try at home.

Tamarind Margarita

Ingredients

  • Pepe Lopez 45 milliliters
  • Cointreau 15 milliliters
  • Tamarind Puree 60 milliliters
  • Lime Juice 10 milliliters
  • Red Chili slice 1 piece

Method

  1. Rim your martini glass with chili salt
  2. Place all remaining ingredients into a Boston Shaker and shake vigorously
  3. Strain into your martini glass
  4. Finish with a garnish of dried chili

 

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