Do you love yourself a good sour cocktail? If so, you must try this Mekhong whiskey sour with pineapple juice. It's a refreshing, sweet, and tangy drink to sip and enjoy as a tasty tropical drink!
My Roku gin orange blossom inspired this cocktail, my very first cocktail shared on this blog! I wanted to combine more Thai ingredients into classic cocktails with delicious Thai recipes.
Then, I remembered Mekhong whiskey and thought of ways to use it. So, I searched online for Thai Mekhong whiskey and found some! The result is this delicious recipe! More cocktails are coming with Mekhong whiskey!
- Why this whiskey sour cocktail
- What is Mekhong whiskey?
- Ingredients for Mekhong Whiskey sour
- How to make Thai Mekong whiskey sour with pineapple juice
- Helpful kitchen tips
- More cocktail recipes you'll love
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Mekhong Whiskey Sour with Pineapple Juice
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Why this whiskey sour cocktail
- It's refreshing with the added pineapple juice, lime juice, and ice.
- It's easy to make! Only a handful of ingredients are needed
- You can make it in a big batch ahead of time.
- It's a Thai whiskey, and you should give it a try!
What is Mekhong whiskey?
Mekhong is a Thai spirit with rich flavors of orange, ginger, and local exotic herbs and spices. Though it's known as whiskey, it's more like a dark rum with a smooth tropical taste. Mekhong is named after the Mekhong River, an important river that runs through Thailand.
Ingredients for Mekhong Whiskey sour
- Mekhong whiskey. Grab Mekhong whiskey online here at Uptown Spirit. Check with your local liquor store for a bottle.
- Pineapple juice. Fresh pineapple juice is excellent, but store-bought is fine. Orange juice or mango juice can work as substitutes.
- Cherry juice. The added sweetness and bright color are beautiful to mix with pineapple juice. I used Maraschino juice and cherries.
- Optional- Blood orange bitters. Adds an aromatic and herbaceous flavor to the cocktail. You need only a few drops.
- Garnishing options: Mint, kaffir lime leaves, lemon or lime wedges, cherries.
How to make Thai Mekong whiskey sour with pineapple juice
1. Add the Mekhong whiskey, pineapple juice, cherry juice, bitters (If using), and lime juice to a cocktail shaker.
2. Add a few pieces of ice to the cocktail shaker and shake all the ingredients together until the shaker is cold to the touch, 30 seconds or so. Have a small taste and add more juice or simple syrup to adjust the flavors to your liking.
3. Pour into a glass filled with fresh ice. If you need more sourness, a dash of fresh lemon or lime juice, stir and enjoy!
Garnish with cherries, mint leaves, and pineapple wedges, and enjoy!
Helpful kitchen tips
- Use spiced rum if you can't find Mekhong whiskey. Asked about quality spiced rum at your local liquor stores.
- Freshly squeezed pineapple juice elevates the drink!
- Add up to ½ ounce of Moschino cherry juice for added sweetness and a beautiful red color.
- Make this whiskey sour ahead of time! Add all the ingredients together and keep in a large pitcher with a cover on. Before serving, stir together, add ice, and serve!
- Japanese Suntory whiskey is a good substitute if you can't find Mekhong whiskey. I bought mine at Uptown Spirit.
- Lemon juice is ok as a substitute for lime juice.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The whiskey sour is traditionally made with whiskey, lemon juice, or a sweetener, and the cocktail is topped off with a frothy egg white, giving it a foamy, creamy texture.
Cocktails use egg white to give the drinks a froth and creamy taste. It adds an elegant look to cocktails, and the foamy-rich texture adds a refreshing taste.
Whiskey sour and old-fashioned drinks are made with whiskey as the main liquor. Old-fashioned drinks are traditionally made with whiskey, simple syrup, water, and a few bitters. Whiskey sour drinks have lemon juice, sugar, and egg whites.
Mekhong is Thailand's number one spirits and is popular with Thais. Mekhong is also used to make Thailand's welcome drink, called Sabai Sabai, a mixed drink made with Mekhong whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup, and basil leaves and then topped off with a fizzy drink like club soda or tonic water.
Mekhong whiskey has a herbaceous taste from Thailand's aromatic herbs. It also has a sweet mix with slightly smokey flavors, making the whiskey tasty and smooth.
Mekhong is closer to rum than whiskey despite being called whiskey. Despite being known as a whisky, Mekhong is much more a rum.
Rum and whiskey are different in how they are made. Rum is made from fermenting rice with sugarcane and molasses, like the Mekhong whiskey. Whiskey, on the other hand, is made from grains like wheat, corn, and barley. Whiskey is known for its golden brown color, while rum can be white or dark depending on the spirit's age.
Thai Mekong whiskey is made from fermenting rice, molasses, and sugarcane. It's then infused with local exotic herbs and spices, making it an aromatic and flavorful spirit that is wildly popular with local Thais.
A good substitute for Mekhong whiskey is the Japanese Suntory whiskey, spiced rum at your local liquor store. You can buy your Mekhong whiskey online at Uptown Spirit.
Mekhong in Thailand refers to the important Mekong River that flows 3000 miles across many Asian countries.
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