Filipinos enjoy their beer but a good number enjoy cocktail drinks as well. Cocktails are one of the many available alcoholic beverages in the Philippines and are served mostly in clubs, restaurants and bars all over Metro Manila. Any mix of a distilled beverage and another ingredient can be considered a cocktail. Most cocktails are a mix of either gin, vodka, rum, tequila, or whiskey and ingredients that make interesting additions like juice, milk, cream, fruit, or syrups. Popular cocktail drinks include mojito, tequila sunrise, amaretto sour, margarita, piña colada, daiquiri, and martini.
All if not most of these popular cocktail drinks can be found in the beverages list of upscale clubs and bars like Republiq, Opus, Privé, and Skye Lounge, but a few unusual additions are even just as popular as these cocktail staples. A weng-weng is concoction made up of brandy, tequila, scotch, rum, vodka, and bourbon mixed with orange and pineapple juice and topped off with a splash of grenadine. Kamikaze is another cocktail made by combining vodka, Cointreau, lime cordial, lime juice, and ice, all in a cocktail shaker and strained out as a martini. A zombie is made by combining different rums and brandy with pineapple juice, guava nectar, mango nectar, lime, and lemon and is served cold.
Another popular order when it comes to cocktails is the mudslide. It is a mixture of vodka, Kahlua, Irish cream, and milk shaken with ice. It’s a famous beverage among those who like a milky taste to their alcoholic drink. For those who do not like the taste of milk or fruit juices, cocktails like Jack Coke replace these ingredients with cola. Jack Coke is an easy combination of Jack Daniels and Coke served with ice. Depending on the preferred amount of alcohol, different alcohol-to-cola ratios can be made to achieve the desired alcohol intensity. Because of the popularity of some of these cocktails, Philippine companies have made cocktail drinks available in ready-to-drink bottles at inexpensive prices. A popular alcopop is Tanduay Ice. It is a ready-mixed fruit cocktail with a Tanduay rum base. It comes in three different flavors and retails for P20. These inexpensive cocktails are sold at supermarkets and convenience stores all over Manila.
In May of 2012, the Philippines’ Department of Tourism came out with news that Manila finally has its own signature cocktail. Called the Manila Sunshine, this cocktail uses coconut wine, or “lambanog”, triple sec, and dark rum mixed together with mango and pineapple juice, finished with lemongrass and pineapple fruit as garnish. This signature cocktail was invented in cooperation with the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, which also serves this cocktail sans alcohol. Manila never runs out of options for anyone who is looking to relax and enjoy themselves over a couple of cocktail drinks. Its many restaurants, bars and clubs will cater to whatever taste one prefers, alcoholic or not.
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