If you decide to indulge in a private villa vacation in Thailand, you will be presented with the perfect chance to kick back in the perfect setting for some tropical cocktails.
Whether you prefer sipping on an indulgently creamy Pina Colada or a tropical tasting Mai Tai, there is no denying that your vacation is the perfect time to indulge in a few well-earned cocktails.
Thailand is home to plenty of beach lounges and classy cocktail bars, which serve guests an impressive selection of classic recipes and uniquely Thai twists. However, if you are lucky enough to be staying in one of the Kingdom’s private holiday properties, you can ask your villa’s dedicated personnel to rustle up a few cocktails for you poolside.
There's nothing quite like enjoying your cocktail of choice with family and friends in the private surroundings of your villa’s sun terrace, or even as you float on a lilo in your villa’s private pool.
Below are some suggested recipes for delicious cocktails to either try yourself or pass on to the villa staff in time for a sunset tipple.
If you enjoy creamy cocktails, Thailand is the perfect place to enjoy a pina colada. After all, fresh coconut and pineapple are both available in abundance. First of all, with the help of your villa manager, stock up on the ingredients – coconut cream, white rum and pineapple juice. If you want your cocktail to taste extra authentic, get a fresh pineapple to be juiced. All of the ingredients are pulsed in the blender, along with a generous handful of ice. The creamy concoction can then be poured into a tall glass, with a pineapple wedge for garnish.
Dark & Stormy
Although you don;t want the weather to follow suit, a Dark and Stormy cocktail is another great tropical choice for rum fans who perhaps aren’t in the mood for something as sweet and creamy as a pina colada. You will need dark rum, ginger beer and fresh limes – which are easy to pick up at your local Thai market. First of all, fill a highball glass with chunky ice cubes. Secondly, add a generous pour of rum to taste, (depending on how strong you would like your cocktail). Finally, add ginger beer and a slice of lime on the rim of glass for that extra tang.
Tastes like Tom Yum
If you want a cocktail inspired by the spicy flavours of Thai cuisine, then look no further than a tangy cocktail inspired by Tom Yum soup. Originally created at Bangkok’s Four Seasons hotel, the Tom Yum Siam is now a popular cocktail for many visitors staying in Thailand’s private villas. Luckily for villa guests, they can customise the ingredients until they get the balance of spice and sweet just perfect. Vodka infused with lemongrass, lychee syrup and ground chilli forms the base of this cocktail. If you want to add a little more sustenance, why not add a splash of tomato juice to make this more of a long drink?
Taste of Passion
Passionfruit is another of the delicious fruits that grow abundantly in Thailand. If you enjoy throwing a zingy passion fruit into your morning smoothie, then you can guarantee that you will enjoy the same powerful taste in a fruity cocktail. To create a long drink that you can sip at, like a Passion Fruit Collins, you will need vodka, lemon juice, passion fruit puree, soda water and half a passion fruit. Simply fill a glass with crushed ice, before adding two parts vodka, one part lemon juice and one part passion fruit puree. Top up with soda water, and garnish with your half a passion fruit.
The Christmas and New Year holidays usher in Thailand’s peak travel season. If you are enjoying the delights of the Kingdom this holiday season, then why not celebrate with a Thai style cup of Eggnog? This cocktail gets its creamy richness from coconut milk instead of whipped egg, which ultimately gives is a lighter, frothier consistency than regular eggnog. Simply blend two cans of coconut cream, one can of condensed milk and one third of a cup of dark rum with all of your traditional eggnog spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.