How to Mix and Match Different Drinks on a Budget
In today’s world, it’s no surprise that alcohol is the go-to kind of beverage of every adult. It comes in many forms, varieties, and flavors that are sure to suit ladies and gentlemen-a-plenty. No matter what you indulge in, you can never go wrong with your drink of choice.
In the Philippines, wines and other spirits aren’t the only kinds of alcoholic beverages being consumed by many. There’s the occasional beer, gin, tequila, brandy, and an exclusive Filipino favorite, lambanog or coconut wine. These drinks, while enjoyed by many, aren’t so easily afforded by some.
Another thing about Filipino culture is their affinity in mixing and matching different drinks to create something unique and out of the box. In most drinking sessions you see, you’ll usually find an abundance of alcohol and juices, all ready to be mixed. Sometimes, they’d even add something to their drinks to intensify the taste, which in turn, increases tolerance among drinkers.
But how exactly can you mix and match different alcoholic beverages without worrying too much about how they cost? If you find yourself craving for a unique experience by merging two or more drinks, you’ll need to know which alcohol to use that’s friendly to your wallet and can blend well with other beverages. With that said, here are some drinks you can mix and match while on a budget:
This drink is the staple mixing agent of every aspiring bartender in the country. Not only is it easy to find, it’s just as affordable as it is convenient.
With its transparent appearance and unique taste, gin makes a fine choice to mix and match with other drinks. In the Philippines, the most notable example of a unique concoction from this drink is the iconic gin pomelo, otherwise known as gin pom. Making this drink is actually as easy as gathering the ingredients as all you’ll need to do is mix powdered pomelo juice with gin. Once you’re done, add ice and you’re good to go.
Besides pomelo juice, gin can also be mixed with other juice flavors to make a more thrilling and intense kind of beverage. Just be sure you know your limits.
Whiskey is one of the many choices for every gentleman in the country. It has a flavor that’s aromatic to the senses and intense in taste. Perfect for those nights you feel like chilling with your compadres with a cigar or a cigarette in one hand.
While intense in its own way, this drink also has the ability to intensify other drinks when mixed with them. A notable example of this is whiskey mixed with Coca-Cola. Just add a splash of whiskey to your cola and in a matter of seconds, you’ll be able to indulge in a unique kind of taste that’s both strong and complimentary.
When it comes to the cost, there’s no need to worry as whiskey, despite its brand and fame, is actually easy to get as a bottle of it won’t exceed three digits, though it depends on what variant you wish to get.
While transparent in appearance (which is identical to gin), its flavor is one thing that should never be disregarded. It may be subtle in taste, but when you drink it too much, it can lead to a night full of drunken mistakes and hilarities.
Debauchery aside, vodka can actually be afforded by people of all walks of life. Local-brand vodka is actually very easy on one’s budget and its taste never strays from other brands. Like gin and whiskey, this can actually be mixed with other non-alcoholic drinks for a unique flavor experience. Take for instance a staple in Vodka mixology, Vodka Sprite.
While both Sprite and vodka can easily be obtained anywhere, mixing this is just as easy as all you’ll have to do is mix the two drinks together, top it with ice, and enjoy. You also have absolute control over the ratio you wish for it to have, so long as you’re prepared for the intensity.
Believe it or not, beer can be a great agent for mixing. Not only is it always available for everyone wishing to unwind with a cold one, but it’s also more than affordable for anyone from any walk of life.
While its taste can be a bit strong and bitter, it can totally be balanced out with other ingredients to create a new and unique flavor experience. Have you ever heard of something called a Bullseye? It’s a cocktail that employs heavy emphasis on this golden drink of life.
All in all, who would’ve thought that beer would make a great ingredient in anybody’s cocktail-mixing ventures? This is one unique surprise you’ll remember to make the next time you and your friends get together.
The pleasures of life can be a bit pricey at times, especially when it comes to enjoying a nice glass of your unique concoction out of your own creative mind. All it takes to enjoy mixing drinks on a budget is a good amount of knowledge on which drink to pair the other with and a lot of innovation and creativity.
There is an endless array of drinks for you to explore and experiment with. There are different flavors to try and create by merging drinks with one another. Either way, you’ll be surprised and delighted with the results.