Southeast Asia has been on our travel wish list for some time now. Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are just a few of the places that we’d like to visit in the near future. So when our friend Marla at Travel Curious Often gave us the chance to “experience” Thai culture through one of its most famous exports, Mekong Whiskey, we jumped at the opportunity.
The term whiskey is applied to many different types of liquors in Southeast Asia. Mekong is made mostly from molasses, technically qualifying it as dark rum. In Thailand it’s often mixed with Coke, but we wanted to make a cocktail that would reflect the richness and complexity of the land. We came up with the Thai Cyclone, a deliciously sweet and spicy drink that is based on the traditional Dark ‘N Stormy recipe.
Makes two cocktails:
- 6 oz Mekong Whiskey (or dark rum)
- 8 oz Ginger Beer
- ½ tsp of fresh ginger (finely minced)
- Splash of lime juice
- Lime for garnish
Fill two highball glasses with ice and add the whiskey, the ginger beer and finish it off with a bit of the fresh ginger (to add spice). Top it off with a splash of lime juice and garnish with the slice. For such a simple drink, the flavors are very exotic but also comforting…like sitting on a remote island beach. Enjoy!