Bangkok cocktails inspired by Thai culture and cuisine

Bangkok’s barflies, boozers and other alcohol enthusiasts are raising their glasses to a drinks trend with kick — giving cocktails a supersonic boost with Thai-style makeovers.

As a result, mixologists around the city are continuously experimenting as they attempt to translate the bold, complicated tastes of Thai cuisine into great drinks for their customers. Others are drawing inspiration from Thai culture itself.

Some work, some don’t. Here are eight specialty drinks that pack a tasty punch.

Passion Fruit Caipiroska

Where: Zuk Bar, Sukhothai Hotel

New to the the Zuk Bar menu, this rush of fresh locally grown saowarot — aka passion fruit — lime and vodka gets the evening started with a sweet kick. Simple yet satisfying.

Tom Yum Siam

Where: Aqua, Four Seasons Bangkok

Thailand’s infamous spicy soup has inspired an honorary cocktail. Aqua’s Tom Yum Siam features vodka infused with lemongrass, lychee syrup and ground chili that’s thankfully not as potent as the throat scorchers found in its parent dish.