Wine Enthusiast: 4 Asian-Inspired Cocktails

Som Tum Sling

Recipe courtesy Chad Spangler, director of operations, The Menehune Group, Soi 38, Washington, DC

Thai green papaya salad, or Som Tum, is reimagined in liquid form in this creation. 

“Although it has notes of spice, the salad is incredibly refreshing and citrus forward,” says Spangler. In the cocktail, an Eastern-style gin hints of peppercorn and lemongrass, green papaya lends a vegetal note and Thai chilies ramp up the heat.

2 ounces Bombay Sapphire East Gin
¾ ounce lime juice
1 ounce Thai Chili & Black Pepper Syrup (recipe below)
Pinch of shredded green papaya
1 Thai chili, for garnish
Green papaya strips, for garnish

Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Garnish with Thai chili and green papaya strips.