Songkran Splash Cocktail

The Songkran festival is Thailand’s way of welcoming to spring and the new year with a nationwide water fight that takes place in the streets. Such an occasion deserves a cocktail so we came up with this delicious combination of coconut, rum, and lime—ingredients that draw directly from a classic Dark & Stormy. Thai basil, cilantro, and mint take that iconic Caribbean cocktail straight to the beach at Phuket. Coconut-shell mugs are entirely optional. 

Songkran Splash Cocktail Recipe

Serves 2

Shopping List
10 sprigs organic fresh mint
8 sprigs organic fresh cilantro
8 sprigs organic fresh Thai basil
1 organic lime 
½-inch piece organic fresh ginger
2 teaspoons cane or coconut sugar 
1½ ounces dark rum
1 tablespoon light coconut milk
1 cup ice 
2 to 4 ounces sparkling water
½ teaspoon Thai chile flakes or other chile flakes, optional

Cocktail shaker, muddler or wooden spoon

1. Prep the ingredients; make the cocktail 

  • Strip the mint, cilantro, and Thai basil leaves from the stems. Reserve a few Thai basil sprig tops or whole leaves for garnish.
  • Juice half the lime.
  • Peel and coarsely chop the ginger. 

In a cocktail shaker, combine the mint, cilantro and Thai basil leaves with the lime juice, ginger, and sugar; using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, muddle until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Add the rum, coconut milk, and ice; cover and shake well.

Strain the mixture into 2 rocks glasses. Top with the sparkling water and reserved basil leaves. Sprinkle with the chile flakes, if using, and serve.

Chef Tip: If you have a muddler, use it to gently press the herbs with the sugar and ginger; the action gently bruises the aromatics to release their fragrant oils. You can also do this with the end of a wooden spoon. For a stronger cocktail, add 2 shots of rum. 

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 90, Protein: 0g (0% DV), Fiber: 1g (4% DV), Total Fat: 1.5g (2% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 1g (5% DV), Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV), Sodium: 15mg (1% DV), Carbohydrates: 7g (2% DV), Total Sugars: 4g, Added Sugars: 3g (6% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat.

Bonus recipe—ingredients not included in box.