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Tom Yum Cocktail

  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Do you love Tom Yum? What’s better than Tom Yum Soup? A refreshing Tom Yum cocktail on the side for sipping and enjoying all your favorite Thai foods! Enjoy this original Thai cocktail recipe for your next gathering! 


  • 2 ounces of unflavored vodka.
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice. Fresh lime juice works, too, but lime juice has the perfect zest you'll love!
  • 1 ounce Tom Yum simple syrup. See the instructions below on how to make it.
  • 1 tablespoon crushed chili roasted nuts for rimming your cocktail glass. Make these roasted Tom Yum nuts, or buy these pistachio spicy-flavored nuts.
  • For garnishing. Thai fresh chilis pepper, jalapenos, or any hot peppers will do.


  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. *See instructions below.
  2. Add 1 kaffir lime leaf and a 1/4 slice of galangal (dime sized) to a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a cocktail stick for 10-15 seconds until a herbaceous fragrant is released.
  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!
  4. Rim your cocktail glass with crushed 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!

*How to make  Tom Yum Simple syrup

  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass. Cut into 4-5 inch pieces. Smash the stalks with a heavy kitchen tool to help release oils.
  • 1 slice galangal, the size of a quarter at 1/4 inch thick. Smash with a heavy kitchen tool to help release oils.
  • 1 cup sugar. Use white or monk fruit sugar, so the simple syrup is clear colored syrup. For esthetics and also the brown-colored sweeteners have a deeper and
  • 1.5 cups water.


  1. Add 1.5 cups of water, 1 cup of white sugar, and the 3 herbs into a stock pot. Stir and bring the syrup to a gentle boil. Turn the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat off. 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.


  • For a more spicy cocktail, add sliced fresh Thai chilis in the cocktail glass when muddling the herbs in step 3.
  • 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.

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  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: Thai

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