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Matthew Biancaniello’s Lost in Laos

Culinary cocktail wizard Matthew Biancaniello reinterprets an iconic Thai dish.

Los Angeles barman Matthew Biancaniello is known for playing with his food—namely by turning it into cocktails. From his new book, Eat Your Drink, the Lost in Laos cocktail aims to highlight traditional flavors of Thai cooking, including coconut and makrut lime.


  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. green Chartreuse
  • 2 oz. fresh coconut milk
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. agave syrup (1:1)
  • 1/4 oz. fresh turmeric
  • 6 makrut lime leaves
  • Tools:muddler, shaker, strainer
  • Glass:Collins
  • Garnish:sprig of flowering Thai basil


In a shaker, muddle the lime juice, agave, Chartreuse, turmeric and 3 of the makrut lime leaves, then add the gin, coconut milk, and ice. Shake, then strain into a collins glass filled with ice. To garnish, slide the remaining 3 makrut lime leaves down the sides of the glass and add the sprig of Thai basil on top.

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