updated 2/20/2009 10:44:37 AM ET 2009-02-20T15:44:37

Cuba's got the Mojito. There's the Singapore Sling and the Manhattan. Thailand hopes a newly created drink called “Siam Sunrays” will enter the world's cocktail lexicon and help draw tourists back to the country.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand unveiled the drink Thursday, calling it “Thailand in a glass — the new punch in Thai tourism.”

The cocktail consists of a shot of vodka, coconut liqueur, a dash of chili pepper and sugar, lime juice, a few slivers of lemongrass and ginger — shaken not stirred, then strained into a glass — with ice and soda water.

It's the latest strategy to revive Thailand's key tourism industry, which was battered by political protests last year that culminated in a weeklong shutdown of Bangkok's two main airports. The airport seizure stranded more than 300,000 travelers at the start of the peak holiday season, dealing a devastating blow to Thailand's tourist-friendly image.

“Successful signature drinks are one way to fast-track holiday destinations onto the world tourism map,” the tourism authority said in a joint statement with the Thai Hotels Association.

Siam Sunrays was the winner of a competition sponsored by the two agencies to create a national cocktail.

“Thailand's new signature drink is based on very Thai ingredients,” the statement said, adding that the drink was now available at hotels and resorts across the country.

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