As East meets West new drinks are being discovered by people who have never encountered them before unless they were on holiday abroad. Mekhong is Thailand's first domestically produced branded product. It was launched in 1941 and is named for the Mekhong River. The name Mekhong comes from the Thai words Mae (meaning mother) and Nam (water) and means Mother of Waters. It's a golden spirit that is made from sugar cane, molasses, rice and a secret recipe of Thai herbs and spices. Despite being known as a whiskey it is actually much closer to a rum. Mekhong is distilled, blended and bottled at the Bangyikhan Distillery on the outskirts of Bangkok.
Mekhong compliments Thai food and has hints of ginger, honey, toffee, vanilla, floral, herbs and citrus. The drink comes in a bottle which takes its design inspiration from traditional Thai boating on the Mekhong River. A colourful red and gold ribbon is tied around the neck of each bottle. The ribbons are a symbol of good luck and are representative of the ones boaters tie around their vessels to ward off evil spirits as they travel the Mekhong River.
The most popular Mekhong cocktails are the Sabai Sabai, the Thai welcome drink. Red Bull's wine spritzers are also called Sabai and are made by the the Siam Winery in partnership with the company.
1 ½ shots of Mekhong
1 ½ shots fresh squeezed lemon juice
¾ shot simple sugar syrup
a finger pinch of sweet Thai basil
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