The Mekhong Spirit from Thailand

Mekhong Spirit, a Thai flavored rum, is a popular drink among tourists. A culinary pride in Thailand, this multi-award-winning strong spirit has a smooth, sweet taste reminiscent of the tropics of Southeast Asia.

Mekhong, named after the majestic Mekong River that flows along the country’s border, is Thailand’s national spirit. Since 1941, the amber-colored liquor has maintained its delicate flavor over the decades.


The beverage contains sugar cane, rice, and natural Thai herbs. Typically red copper in color, it includes rich flavors of ginger and caramel, with a blend of citrus and vanilla, all of which make for a unique and well-balanced drink. Once distilled, this spirit typically contains 35% alcohol.

Mekhong can be enjoyed straight or in cocktails. Its subtly spicy yet exquisite aroma makes it an ideal accompaniment to traditional Thai cuisine.

Production & Consumption

The alcoholic drink distills from both glutinous rice and molasses, is then blended with herbs and spices to produce its aroma and taste. Mekhong is distilled, mixed, and bottled at the Bangyikhan Distillery on the outskirts of Bangkok.

A renowned cocktail is the Sabai Sabai, known as the "Thai welcome drink," contains Mekhong. Served as a welcome drink to guests in Thailand, this cocktail aims to relax and put them at ease.

Very widespread throughout the country and widely available in most restaurants and hotels, this beverage consumed alone or in cocktails, is a Thai gastronomic must-try for every traveler.