Thai cocktails for Kew's Orchids Festival (Image: White Label Cocktails)
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Exclusive Thai cocktails coming to Kew

We catch up with mixologist James to get a sneak preview of the Thai-themed cocktails being created for Kew's Orchids Festival.
Date: 
29 January 2018
Blog team: 
Author: 
Emma Tredwell

Exotic tastes

Whilst Kew's horticultural staff are hard at work creating visual delights for the Orchids Festival, James from White Label Cocktails has been mixing up some taste sensations. Three exclusive new cocktails have been created to bring Thailand to Kew.

Where can I try the new cocktails?

The cocktails will be on sale at pop-up bars during Kew After Hours: Orchids Festival evenings.

You will also be able to enjoy them during the daytime at the Orchids Festival - just visit the pop-up shop in the Princess of Wales Conservatory - or find them in Kew's cafes and restaurants.


Thai spiced cooler

Spice up your life this winter with a cocktail that is sure to put a spring in your step. The Thai spiced cooler is prepared with Belenkaya vodka shaken with ginger liqueur, fresh chilli & lemongrass cordials, and cold pressed citrus. 

The culms (stems) of lemongrass are widely used in teas, herbal medicines and in Thai cuisine, particularly to add flavour to soups and curries. 

Ginger has been used for centuries to add flavour to cooking and also has many medicinal uses. It is an essential ingredient of many dishes in Asia.


Thai spiced cooler created for Kew's Orchids Festival (Image: White Label Cocktails)

Thai spiced cooler (Image: White Label Cocktails).


Coconut lime sour

Transport yourself to the tropics with this sophisticated beverage. Our refreshing coconut lime sour is made using vodka mixed with freshly pressed lime juice, coconut cream, coconut water, and a fresh Kaffir lime leaf cordial.

Every part of the coconut palm has a use. The trunk of the tree gives us timber. Palm leaves are used for thatch, basketry and brooms. The fruit provides food and fibre. Even the roots have found a use - as toothbrushes! 


Coconut lime sour created for Kew's Orchids Festival (Image: White Label Cocktails)

Coconut lime sour (Image: White Label Cocktails).


Thai iced tea

Love your daily cuppa but want to try something new? This non-alcoholic offering could be the exotic trip your tastebuds yearn for. Ceylon tea is reduced to a cordial then paired with freshly pressed citrus, orange blossom, tamarind and soda. Served long over cubed ice with a lemon and mint garnish.

Tamarind is cultivated throughout the tropics. The sausage-shaped fruits provide the sticky acidic pulp that has been used as a food ingredient for thousands of years. The pulp can be eaten raw or used as an ingredient in curries, pickles, confectionery and in fermented drinks. 

Tea comes from the leaves of the shrub Camellia sinensis. It is one of the most loved beverages in the world, and over three million tonnes are grown annually. Tea contains flavonoids, compounds reported to have anti-oxidant properties and which may be beneficial to health.


Thai iced tea created for Kew's Orchids Festival (Image: White Label Cocktails)

Thai iced tea (Image: White Label Cocktails).


More to explore

Tickle your tastebuds with some authentic street food, such as chicken or tofu pad thai, or red chicken curry with coriander and jasmine rice. Available at weekends during the Orchids Festival, 10 February to 11 March.

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a Thai afternoon tea - available exclusively during the Orchids Festival. 
Make an online reservation for The Botanical (third party booking service) or call on 020 8332 5155.