Fri 05th Jan, 2018
Case Study #019: Longan – with Willy
Often called ‘lengkeng’ in Bali, the tropical longan tree is part of the soapberry family, to which the lychee also belongs. Encased by a thin shell, longan fruits grow in clusters and are juicy and sweet. Literally meaning ‘dragon’s eye,’ the longan is so named because it resembles an eyeball with the black seed showing through the translucent flesh like a pupil.
Low in calories and rich in vitamin C, longan fruits have a number of medicinal properties. The seeds can be used to treat snake bites while consuming the fruit is believed to ease the symptoms of insomnia, depression, skin problems and stress, among other things.
Taking the lead in Case Study # 019 is Akademi resident mixologist Willy Widiantara, a bartender who started his career four years ago as a runner in a popular Kuta venue. Since he joined the Katamama
team, Willy’s passion for the craft has grown and he loves nothing more than connecting with guests and telling the story behind the drinks he creates, like this longan-inspired cocktail.
25 ml star anise infused arak
25 ml homemade white ratafia
10 ml lychee liqueur
2 tbsp preserved longans
10 ml lemongrass syrup
20 ml citrus juice
3 dashes magrood bitters
100k net, per cocktail