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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.

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