Do you love Tom Yum? What’s better than Tom Yum Soup? A refreshing Tom Yum cocktail on the side for sipping and enjoying with all your favorite Thai foods. Make this original Thai cocktail recipe for your next gathering!
They are perfect together! A mix of healthy with a fun splurge on the cocktail!
What is Tom Yum Cocktail?
Tom Yum cocktail is a unique cocktail concoction I create using the world-famous Tom Yum flavors using all the healthy and fragrant herbs. It's a delicious cocktail recipe you will enjoy sipping with a delicious Thai meal.
Why this recipe work
- It's an easy drink to make, with minimal ingredients.
- The Thai herbs used in the simple syrup are healthy! Read up on lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal here.
- It's delicious! This mouth-watering cocktail recipe has the most refreshing wonderful taste of sweet and sour.
- Works great as a fun drink for special occasions or just for a fun night of cocktails with friends.
- You can make this cocktail ahead of time in a large batch! See the FAQs section below for tips.
- You can make spiked Tom Yum cocktail ice cubes for enjoying later. See FAQs below for tips!
There are the ingredients you'll need for this lip-smacking cocktail recipe. A few of the Thai ingredients, like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal, can be found at your local Asian markets in the refrigerated or frozen section.
Take a fun little adventure trip to visit your local market and grab a few ingredients for your Thai cooking night or weekend!
Cocktail Ingredients you need
- Vodka. Use unflavored Vodka for this recipe. Gin works, too, but Vodka takes on the flavors of the herbs so perfectly well that it won't interfere with
- Fresh squeezed lime juice. Lemon juice works too.
- Tom Yum Simple Syrup. See notes on how to make this flavor-packed simple syrup. Plain syrup can be a substitute, but all the Tom Yum flavors will not come through. Use extra herbs in the muddling process if unable to make Tom Yum simple syrup.
- Chili Roasted Nuts. For rimming and adding the most incredible taste and texture to this tasty drink.
- Thai fresh chilis peppers. For garnishing. For added spiciness, slice the fresh chilis in half and add them to your drink. The peppery oils from the seeds will add a kick to your Tom Yum cocktail!
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to make Tom Yum cocktail
Step 1. Make the Tom Yum simple syrup. Prepare the herbs for your simple syrup by smashing the lemongrass stalks and galangal rounds to release the natural oils for syrup.
Step 2. Add 1 kaffir lime leaf and a ¼ slice of galangal (dime sized) to a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a cocktail stick for 10-15 seconds until a herbaceous fragrant is released.
Step 3. Add your favorite unflavored vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add 4-5 cubes of ice and shake for 30-45 seconds. Take a small sip and adjust with more lime juice and syrup, or add more Vodka! Adjust until your taste buds are happy!
Step 4. Rim your cocktail glass with spicy toasted nuts. Then add a handful of ice cubes to the glass. Pour the cocktail into a glass and garnish! Use Thai red chili, lime wheels or wedges, kaffir lime leaves, or a stick of lemongrass. That's it! Enjoy your Thai Tom Yum cocktail!
Simple syrup ingredients
- Kaffir lime leaves. These give your syrup a citrusy, slightly bitter, but fragrant aroma. Look for these at your local Asian market.
- Lemongrass. Use whole fresh lemongrass. Find these at your local Asian market.
- Galangal. Galangal is a Thai herb similar to ginger but not the same thing. Find these at your local Asian market.
- Sugar. Use white or monk fruit sugar. Brown, coconut, or palm sugar creates more of a smoky, caramelized flavor, which is not ideal for this cocktail.
How to make Thai Tom yum simple syrup
- Add 2 cups of water, 1 cup of white sugar, and the 3 herbs into a stock pot. Stir and bring the syrup to a boil. Turn the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
- Let the syrup cool, strain, and store in a glass container for use in cocktails. The syrup will keep for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.
Helpful Kitchen Notes
- Add sliced fresh Thai chilis in the cocktail glass when muddling the herbs in step 3 in the cooking instructions for a more spicy cocktail.
- Skip the muddling of the herbs if you prefer a more mild version. The fresh Thai herbs have strong, bold flavors. They act like bitters used in cocktails.
- Add a splash of soda water if you'd like a fizzy drink.
- When smashing the herbs to release their oils, use a heavy kitchen object like a rolling pin, a stone pestle, or a meat tenderizer, or use the back of your heavy knife. Be careful not to hurt yourself, please! (:
- Use extra herbs in the muddling process if unable to make Tom Yum simple syrup.
More Thai recipes you'll love
- Tom Yum simple syrup
- Tom Yum Roasted Mixed nuts
- Tom Yum meatballs
- Tanqueray blood orange
- Rogu gin with orange blossom
- Lavender cocktail with Empress gin
- Coconut lime mojitos with a Thai twist
- Spicy tamarind cocktail
Use unflavored gin instead of Vodka for a variation. Make a mojito out of it. Just as delicious. Vodka, however, takes on the flavors of the fragrant Thai herbs best, honoring the famous Tom Yum flavors.
Helpful cocktail tools that you might need.
- Cocktail Shaker set
- Glass Cocktail Shaker
- Wooden Muddler
- Citrus Squeezer
- Mesh Strainer
- Cocktail or drinks glasses
Freeze your leftover Tom Yum cocktails in ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove the cubes into a glass jar and keep them in the freezer. The next time you want a quick cocktail, remove the ice cubes into a cocktail glass, pour 1-2 ounces of lemonade or soda water, and enjoy the spiked ice cubes! Delicious!
Thai people in Thailand don't normally drink wine or cocktails with their meals. However, you'll see plenty of cold frothy beer glasses amongst those who drink. Another common drink with Thais is Mekhong whiskey, either drank neat (straight up) or mixed with soda drinks like Coke or Pepsi.
Yes, you can! Unflavored vodka is the preferred alcohol for this Tom Yum cocktail. Mild, unflavored gin works great too. A mild tequila works as well.
Yes, you can. You can make a large batch of this Tom Yum cocktail beforehand! Mix all the liquid ingredients in a pitcher or large bowl, and cover until ready. Then add muddled herbs 10-15 minutes into the pitcher before serving, and that's it!
Yes, you can! This is one of the best things about this Tom Yum cocktail. If you make a large batch and don't want to throw away this famous Thai delicacy, freeze the drink in ice cube trays. When ready, remove the ice cubes into a cocktail glass, pour 1-2 ounces of lemonade or soda water, and enjoy the spiked ice cubes! Pure perfection. (;
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