Filipino Alcoholic Drinks to Try
What are the best Filipino alcoholic drinks to try?
1. Gin Pomelo – Gin and pomelo juice mixture.
2. Lambanog – Also known as coconut wine.
3. Flavored Lambanog – Different flavors of lambanog (mint, strawberry, jack fruit, etc.).
4. Halo-Halo Cocktail – Halo-halo and lambanog mixture.
5. Manila Sunshine – A Filipinized version of Tequila Sunrise.
6. Strawberry Wine – Wine made from strawberry.
7. Dragon Fruit Wine – Wine made from dragon fruit.
Filipinos love celebrating. You just have to take a look at their different festivals and you’ll see how colorful and plentiful their foods and drinks are during these occasions. Another good thing that you can expect from them is that they like to mix and match local products with international ones. For example, they are not adverse to the idea of drinking various alcoholic drinks in the Philippines with, let’s say, Jack Daniel’s.
This kind of variety enables them to freely express themselves and celebrate whatever event however they want to. You may think that this diminishes their sense of nationality, considering they are commemorating a local festival. But this isn’t the case at all.
Because Filipinos have a way of making something foreign their own – modified, of course! A perfect example of this is the spaghetti, which is originally an Italian dish. They have sweetened its taste to cater to their own palates. But they didn’t stop there; they also made a few alcoholic drinks to suit their taste.
Below you will see some of the most distinct Filipino alcoholic drinks, along with a few “Filipinized” versions of international drinks.
This drink is one of the most classic ones for you to try. Upon drinking this, your taste buds will have a tantalizing experience. Also, you’ll be glad to hear that it is very easy to create.
To make this, all you’ll need to do is mix your usual gin with a sachet of pomelo juice. Be sure to add some ice before serving. In order to up your whole drinking experience, you can have your friends, along with all of your favorite snacks, by your side!
Lambanog, otherwise known as ‘coconut wine,’ is another Filipino favorite for you to try. Usually served in the provinces, this drink is perfect for anyone wishing for a stronger kick at their drinking sessions.
One thing to consider with this drink, however, is the intensity of flavor it’s known for. You shouldn’t underestimate this drink at all for it can very much test your endurance against inebriation.
Speaking of lambanog, another thing that makes this drink so exciting to try is that it can also come in a variety of flavors that will guarantee a kick in your palate!
There are various flavors for you to choose from. Its ranges include mint, bubble gum, strawberry, orange, apple, jack fruit, and cherry.
If you’re thinking of the classic Filipino dessert, then you’re halfway right. While half of it is a dessert, half of it is also made drinkable with the addition of an unusual, yet effective concoction: lambanog.
This drink is ideal for everyone with a sweet tooth, as well as fondness for alcohol. As long as you practice moderation, you’ll be able to enjoy this drink without a hint of headache or dizziness.
Are you familiar with the well-known tequila sunrise? If your answer is yes, then you’ll be glad to know that Filipinos have their own version of this drink – and it’s called the “Manila Sunshine.”
The main difference between the two drinks, however, is that the Manila Sunshine does not have tequila in its list of ingredients. It actually utilizes the famed Filipino liquor, lambanog. Pineapples and mangoes are also being highlighted in its flavor.
This drink is available in most bars and clubs around the Metro, so there’s little chance for you to miss out on it!
While wine is known for being made from the freshest grapes every vineyard has to offer, the Philippines – especially Baguio – can definitely show off some winemaking skills of their own. With that said, strawberry wine is its top commodity.
Baguio is a province that’s known for their fresh strawberries. Naturally, Filipinos have found a way to turn this fresh produce into liquor. This is why, for your next Baguio trip, you should definitely consider taking home a bottle (or two) of strawberry wine.
Dragon Fruit Wine
If Baguio is known for their strawberries, Ilocos is equally known for a fruit of their own – dragon fruit! When it comes to Ilocos pride, there’s nothing more savory than dragon fruit wine!
However, when it comes to drinking this, you have to make sure to practice moderation, as its sweet and fruity flavor can easily trick your perception of intoxication.
These are some of the best alcoholic drinks for you to try. If you wish to make a toast for your country, then go ahead and grab one of the drinks above. For sure, they can proudly represent the Philippines in the world of liquor!