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Thai Old Fashioned

Thai Old Fashioned

Fish Cheeks

At Fish Cheeks in New York City, the cocktails, developed by Dev Johnson of Employees Only fame, lean fruity and refreshing to accompany chef and co-owner Ohm Suansilphong’s bold and spicy cooking. The exception is this spirit-forward take on an Old Fashioned, made with makrut lime leaf and lemon peel, multiple types of bitters, and Mekhong, a Thai spirit similar to spiced rum. “It’s an intensely flavored cocktail that works with our intensely flavored food,” says Suansilphong.

This recipe originally appeared as part of "How to Put a Thai Twist on Classic Cocktails."


  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 2 makrut lime leaves
  • 1 swath lemon peel
  • 2 ounces Mekhong (or other spiced rum)
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: orange peel
  • Garnish: lime leaf


  1. In a rocks glass, gently muddle the bitters, lime leaves and lemon peel.

  2. Add the Mekhong, simple syrup and ice, and stir until chilled.

  3. Garnish with an orange peel and a lime leaf.