Cool and refreshing, Kaffir Cooler. Make it boozy – think mojito meets Southeast Asia. Or keep it virgin for a perfectly thirst-quenching drink.
Have you used kaffir lime leaves? It’s an incredible ingredient common in Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisine. It’s amazingly aromatic – just rub one leaf between your fingers and you’ll smell it’s limey-sweet perfume immediately.
I recently made Thai-Style Chicken and Rice that made use of this wonderfully aromatic ingredient. The recipe calls for just 5 kaffir lime leaves, but they’re sold in packs of 20 or so leaves. So unless you’re fortunate enough to have a kaffir lime tree in your backyard (you luck duck)… you probably bought the pack too. Which means you have a lot of leftover leaves too!
The weather is getting warmer, and this blog was in desperate need of a cool and refreshing drink. A Kaffir Cooler only seemed natural.
The drink is simply made – muddle some leaves, add a little simple syrup, a splash of lime juice, perhaps a little rum, add lots of ice, and top off with sparkling water. I love a boozy drink, but the alcohol-free version is definitely rockin’ it too! Even omitting the simple syrup for a sugar-free option made for a wonderful thirst-quenching refresher.
- 2 kaffir lime leaves
- 1 – 2 tablespoons simple syrup*
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces white rum (optional)
- lots of ice
- sparkling water
- Add the kaffir lime leaves to a tall glass. Muddle/bruise the leaves by using the end of a long wooden spoon – this will release the leaves aroma and oils.
- Add the simple syrup, lime juice, and rum (if using). Stir together.
- Fill the glass with ice and then fill the glass all the way up with sparkling water. Serve and enjoy!