Tom Khacktail Coconut Rum Cocktail



Special Equipment:

Muddler, Fine mesh strainer



Good For:

Mid-winter staycation or when you desperately need a little taste of paradise


Tom Khacktail – Our Thai Spin on Coconut Rum Cocktails

First of all, can we get some props for this cute cocktail name?! Thank you. Thank you very much. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…this coconut rum cocktail was inspired by the Rum Haven. It inspired us because it’s Caribbean rum with coconut liqueur and coconut water. Um, yum! It’s like Malibu all grown up and way better! So we were immediately inspired to take a little staycation through our cocktail and Evan came up with this genius drink, further inspired by my love of Tom Kha soup. Lemongrass, thai chilis, coconut, lime and a nice little egg froth to give it some texture makes for the perfect tropical vacation at home. Get out those bikinis Tippler Nation!

Tom Khacktail shown on a tropical background with ingredients/bottles displayed

Let’s Get Shakin’


2oz Rum Haven

1 egg white

½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice

¼ oz simple syrup

1 tsp minced lemongrass

¼ tsp minced Thai red chile (or more if you like spicier drinks)

Touch of coconut oil (quick flip of the wrist with a thin stream)

Wedge of lime, thinly sliced lemongrass, and thinly sliced chile to garnish


Add lime juice, lemongrass, and chile to the shaker. Muddle gently then add the remaining ingredients. Dry shake vigorously for about one minute (yay arm workout!) to get a good frothy foam. Open shaker, add ice, and shake again for 30 seconds.

Double strain into a glass using the built in cocktail shaker strainer and then pouring that through another more fine mesh strainer. This is important to get all the ice shards out and keep the froth fluffy as well as make sure the lemongrass and Thai chili pieces aren’t floating around in your cocktail. 

Garnish as desired, take a sip, and be transported to the islands of Thailand. Unlike any of the past coconut rum cocktails you’ve ever had…I promise!

…but am I going to like it?

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!

So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well! 

  • Sweet 55% 55%
  • Sour 75% 75%
  • Spiritous 30% 30%
  • Refreshing 60% 60%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 80% 80%

Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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