Saturday, 21 July 2012

A Sip of Siam: Thai Cocktails - Part 2

I don't know about you, but I'm hanging out for cocktail hour on a Thai beach, sand between my toes and a cool, fruity drink in hand. Guest blogger, food writer Cynthia Barnes, offers up a sip of Siam, for you to recreate those special Thai moments until your next visit to the Land of Smiles...

As a follow-up to last week’s delicious beverages, here are a few more along with a recipe for a dead-easy cocktail snack that’s popular in bars across the Land of Smiles. If you don’t feel like fussing with shakers and such, try subbing tropical fruit-flavoured canned sodas (like passionfruit or lychee) for your regular lemon-lime in simpler mixed drinks.

Grapefruit & Lemongrass Chiller
  • 300ml (½ pint) vodka
  • 120ml (4fl oz) orange liqueur
  • 120ml (4fl oz) sugar syrup
  • 200ml (1.3 pint) grapefruit juice
  • 8 stems of lemongrass, crushed
Crush 8 stems of lemongrass, keeping each stem in one piece, and place in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add  vodka, orange liqueur, sugar syrup and grapefruit juice. Stir and chill until ready to serve. Fill with ice then serve in martini glasses, garnish with a lemongrass straw. (For bonus points, try infusing your own lemongrass vodka.)
Khao Jai Ginger Julep
  • 45ml bourbon (sang som if you’re adventurous!)
  • 15ml palm sugar
  • 10 ml fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • soda water
  • lime twist
Muddle the ginger and brown sugar the sugar is moistened and nearly dissolved. Add a bit of soda to melt the sugar, stir in the whiskey. Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in soda to taste and garnish with a twist of lime.

Thai Bar Peanuts
This concoction couldn’t be easier, but warning: It WILL make you thirsty. Simply take a quantity of shelled peanuts (raw preferred, but roasted will do) and stir-fry them quickly in a small amount of oil with a bit of fresh chopped bird chili. Drain and salt to taste. Moreish!


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