Relaxing with an adult beverage is a Thai tradition honoured by both visitors and locals. In 2009, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Thai created a national cocktail, hoping to lure visitors with 'Thailand in a Glass'. Although it hasn’t caught on like Manhattans or Singapore Slings, the 'Siam Sunray' is still a Land of Smiles-worthy sip.
Try it (and the drinks below) for a refreshing reminder of happy hours in lush and lovely Thailand.
45 ml vodka
30 ml coconut liqueur
15 ml simple syrup (make it with palm sugar for extra flavour)
½ fresh Thai chili
3 thin slices of fresh ginger
1 kaffir lime leaf
3 slices lemongrass
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
In a shaker, muddle the chili, ginger, lime leaf and lemongrass. Add vodka, simple syrup, coconut liqueur and lime juice. Shake well. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with Club soda. Garnish with a lime slice and Thai chili.
Basil Lime Punch
2 bottles of vodka, chilled
4 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup palm sugar
1 cup soda water
lime wedges (for garnish)
Muddle basil and palm sugar in a large pitcher. Add the vodka, lime juice and soda and stir well. Serve over ice.
1/2 cup rambutan flesh (canned or fresh)
45 mls ginger-flavoured vodka or ginger liqueur
15 mls Cointreau
30 mls Club soda
Muddle rambutans in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker halfway with ice, then add remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with orange slice and lemongrass stalk.