It is hot,hot, hot. I have to refresh myself with all kind of drinks. One of my favourite drinks is น้ำเก๊กฮวย [náam gék huai] ‘ Chrysanthemum Drink’. It can be found easily everywhere in Thailand. It is actually my childhood drink. After school, I always stopped by at a pharmacy where they had this drink served in a small glass for 5 Baht. (unbelievably cheap, yeah?) These days it is available in a bottle for 20 Baht.
Chrysanthemum drink is made by brewing dried chrysanthemum flowers in hot water for several minutes. Some people add sugar or honey for a little sweetness, but I think it’s just as good without a sweetner. You can drink it hot, but in Thailand it is much more refreshing as a cold drink.
Chrysanthemum is known for clearing internal heat, cooling, relaxing and relieving headache dizziness due to liver inflammation. That’s why chrysanthemum drink is good to have not just when it’s warm outside, but also when you’re eating spicy foods :))
Have you ever tried Chrysanthemum drink?