Nam Manglak Spritzer

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Nam manglak can be as simple as water, crushed ice, basil seed, and some sweetener. This is ever so slightly more gussied up: flavored with rose, lime, and honey, made effervescent by sparkling water. It's an unbeatably refreshing combination for the hot sticky days to come.

This version of manglak isn't too sweet, but if you want to replicate the intense sweetness of many bottled basil seed drinks, add some simple syrup (infused with ginger if you're feeling ambitious) to the honey. More honey on its own would be overpowering.

Nam Manglak Spritzer

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 2 people
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
This recipe appears in: Spice Hunting: Chewy Drinks with Basil Seed


  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 2 teaspoons basil seed
  • 3 tablespoons honey, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon lime juice, to taste


  1. 1

    Divide sparkling water into two glasses, then basil seed. Stir well to coat basil seeds with water until jelly-like coatings form. Stir in honey, rosewater, and lime juice to taste. Serve with crushed ice.

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