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 rosewater. It’s an unbeatably refreshing combination for the hot sticky days to come.


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


Step 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.