Thai Food and Drinks | 6 Drinks in Thailand You Shouldn't Miss Out On

 A cup of Thai milk tea. Aside from Thai food, these Thai local drinks are worth experiencing as well. | Photo by LisaRedfern on Pixabay

The world is slowly discovering the wonders of Thai food. Dishes like Pad Thai are becoming mainstream that even celebrated chefs are putting their own spin on it. Because of how diverse it is, it’s only a matter of time before people start raving about Thai drinks too. Whether you are on the streets of Bangkok or the beaches of Phuket, here are some of the Thai drinks you must try:

  • Pomegranate Juice
  • When you’re out in the sun for too long, you’d naturally feel parched. If you’ve spent too long under the hot Bangkok, Thailand sun, quench your thirst by having a glass of pomegranate juice. The best part is that you can have it fresh.

    On hot days, you can find plenty of vendors selling this juice. You can even pick the pomegranate yourself.

  • Orange Juice
  • This may seem like a common drink until you’ve tasted the Thai version. While it is sweet, it’s also a bit salty. The combination might sound unappealing but you’ll be surprised by how tasty it is.

    Just make sure you get the fresh kind and not the powdered version because they are usually packed with artificial sweeteners.

  • Sugarcane Juice
  • Before you get ahead of yourself and think you’d be drinking from the sap of a branch, you can rest easy knowing that there won’t be sugarcane in your bottle. The makers simply extract the juice by letting it go through a machine. The result is a naturally sweet juice that also leaves you refreshed.

  • Thai Milk Tea
  • Tea is pretty popular in Thailand. They’re sold on the streets and malls. Their milk is also the perfect blend of sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

    Their blend is made out of brewed Ceylon tea and condensed milk. Incidentally, you’ll also be treated to a show when you order a cup.

    Vendors make the milk tea extra frothy by aerating it, which requires them to “pull” the drink. Pulling is the process of pouring the beverage from one cup to another while lifting the cup as high as possible.

    This aerates the milk to make it more frothy. As a result, you’ll get a smooth and creamy milk tea.

  • Red Lime Soda
  • This fizzy drink is perfect for hot summer days. It’s made out of a soda of your choice, lime juice, and red syrup. These are sold in bars and along the streets. There are plenty of other colorful drinks in Thailand and this isjust one of them.

  • Oliang
  • Aside from tea, coffee is also a popular drink. Women in Thailand, in particular, love iced coffee.

    The process of making Oliang is quite similar to Thai milk tea. First, the oliang is placed in a tungdtom (a filter sock wrapped around a metal ring). Then the tungdtom is steeped in a carafe with boiling water for about 10 minutes and wait for it to cool. Once it’s cool enough, a few ice cubes are added. You also have the option of adding condensed milk or sugar syrup.

This list just proves that the drinks in Thailand are just as diverse as it’s food. And no other place in the country showcases such a wealth of culinary heritage than Bangkok City. Whether exploring the city by day or enjoying Bangkok nightlife late in the evening, you can have your fill of some authentic Thai food and drinks.