Fresh Thai Drinks You Shouldn't Miss

With its great variety of attractions, Thailand is one of the major tourist destinations in Asia. Travelers can see many Buddhist temples, visit some cultural sites, enjoy nightlife, surfing and diving on the beaches, and taste delicious Thai culinary. Check out information about flights to Thailand, in case you'll have the time and money to visit this country in the next holiday!

However, this time we won't discuss about exotic tourist destinations in Thailand. Instead, we're gonna take a look about some fresh Thai beverages you shouldn't miss while you're there.

As you probably know, Thailand has a tropical climate that can felt very hot, especially during the peak of dry season (March - May) where the temperature can rise to well over 40 °C (104 °F) in some areas. So, something cool and refreshing to drink will really come in handy for this climate. Now, let's get familiar with some of the most delicious Thai drinks!

Cha-yen (Thai iced tea)

The basic ingredients of this drink is plain black tea sweetened with sugar and condensed milk. Some modifications also include various spices, such as orange blossom water, lime, mint, food coloring, or tamarind seed.

To make cha-yen, condensed milk and sugar are mixed with the tea before it is poured over ice and then topped with evaporated milk to create creamy appearance.

Sato (rice wine)

Sato is actually more like a traditional Thai beer, but local people call it a "wine" even when it not made from grapes. This beverage is made from fermenting Thai sticky rice with water and yeast. Its strength is very similar to beer, but it doesn't have to be alcoholic, as sweet Sato can be made by fermenting for only a short period of time, not enough for alcohols to form, but enough for sugars to form from the starch.

As a traditional drink, sato is usually served in a large bowl, into which individuals dip their glasses or cups. It's also typically served at room temperature. However, serve sato in a glass with ice is also common.

Oliang (Thai iced coffee)

Oliang is a blend of coffee with soybeans, corn, sesame seeds, and sugar. Other ingredients such as tamarind seed also can be added. This coffee is best served cold with, sometimes with condensed milk topping.

Traditionally, this coffee is brewed with a tung dtom kaffee, a tea/coffee sock with a metal ring and a handle to which a cotton cloth bag is attached. It is also used for making Thai tea.

Be careful when buying this drink on Thai street vendor, as the locals like their coffee incredibly sweet. If you want it to better suite your taste, you can always make it by yourself, especially because Oliang powder mix is available in many Asian grocery store.

Nam Makham (tamarind juice)

Located in tropical climate, Thailand is a perfect place to cultivate tamarind. Young tamarind is somewhat sour and is often used to add that flavor element in Thai cuisine. While the ripe one tastes slightly sweeter, which is suitable for a refreshing drink.

The juice is made by squishing the tamarind fruit with water until it forms a pulp. This pulp is heated with water and then chilled and served over ice. While heating, salt and sugar (syrup) can be added to make a combination of sweetness and sourness.

Other Beverages

If you like alcoholic beverages, Thailand has many brands that also famous worldwide, namely Mekhong whiskey (also known as Thai spirits), Sang Som (rum), Singha (beer) and Chang (beer). Thailand also famous for its non-carbonated energy drink, Krating Daeng, which is actually the basis for the creation of the best selling energy drink in the world, Red Bull.

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