Thailand: DIY Cocktails to Raise Your Spirits

Forget the “quarantini”—try your hand at mixing the signature drinks from these three hotel bars in Bangkok and Hua Hin instead.

Met Bar, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

With its deep club chairs and wine-dark walls, the stylish lounge-style hotel bar at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok provides an intimate setting for relaxation after a full day of sightseeing. Met Bar’s Tom Yum martini or Tom Yumtini gives James Bond’s favorite tipple a uniquely Thai twist: it captures the essence of its namesake soup, thanks to the sharp, bright overtones of kaffir lime leaf and a medley of other herbs and spices that creates a pleasing contrast of hot and sour flavors.

 

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok’s Tom Yum Martini.

Tom Yum Martini

Ingredients

  • 45 ml premium vodka
  • 1 blade of lemongrass
  • 3-4 chunks of galangal
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml sugar syrup

Method

  1. Muddle lemongrass, galangal, and four kaffir lime leaves in the shaker until all ingredients are broken.
  2. Pour vodka, lime juice, and syrup into the shaker before shaking well with ice.
  3. Fine-strain into a Martini glass and decorate with the remaining pair of kaffir lime leaves.

 

The Bar, Park Hyatt Bangkok

This 10th-floor perch at the Park Hyatt Bangkok, which rises above the Central Embassy mall, serves up premium whisky, champagne, and classic cocktails in a setting that will suit travelers looking for an inspired drink amid the hurly-burly of the Thai capital. Patrons can relax at a dedicated lounge area, socialize around the bar and a communal table, or sip their libations on an air-conditioned terrace while admiring the cityscape. The land on which the Park Hyatt Bangkok now stands was formerly the grounds of the nearby British Embassy from 1922 until 2006. One of the venue’s signature cocktails, shown here, is inspired by that heritage and Winston Churchill’s reputation as a heavy drinker.

 

Churchill’s Secret, a must-try drink at the Park Hyatt Bangkok.

Churchill’s Secret

Ingredients

  • 15 ml Rye whisky
  • 15 ml Cognac
  • 10 ml Eau de Vie
  • 1 dash Bitters
  • 1 dehydrated apple slice

Method

  1. Except for the apple, muddle all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir for seven seconds and pour into an Old Fashioned glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with the dehydrated apple slice.

 

 

Coast Beach Club & Bistro, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Relaxation comes naturally at the Centara Grand resort in Thailand’s original beach destination. Located steps from the powdery sands of Hua Hin Beach, Coast Beach Club & Bistro serves up Thai-inspired tapas and a wide range of international fare: highlights include grilled chicken with papaya salad and green apple, Asian vongole (clams) with pappardelle, Neapolitan pizzas, and skewers of New Zealand Black Angus rib-eye steak. Meanwhile, the venue also boasts an extensive wine list and crowd-pleasing cocktails such as the Centara Sunrise, whose recipe is shown below.

 

A refreshing glass of Centara Sunrise, served at Coast Beach Club & Bistro.

Centara Sunrise

Ingredients

  • 15 ml vodka
  • 60 ml pineapple juice
  • 8 ml grenadine syrup
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • Unseeded chili
  • Pineapple, chopped into small cubes

For the garnish:

  • 1 pineapple slice
  • A trace amount of lime juice
  • brown sugar
  • chili flakes
  • salt

Method

  1. Put all ingredients (except those needed for the garnish) in a cocktail shaker and shake well.
  2. Top up with ice and shake well again.
  3. Pour the contents into a glass, making sure the rim is moistened with lime and dipped in a mixture of brown sugar, salt, and chili for extra flavor.
  4. Garnish with the pineapple slice.
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