Top 5 Original Pinoy Alcoholic Cocktails
Although Pinoys are not known worldwide as “drinkers” unlike the Russians and the French, we can hold our own when it comes to drinking. Drinking alcohol was significantly done during religious ceremonies which are still quite prevalent in modern religions. Alcohol consumption also strengthened friendship and social relationships. In historical periods, drinking alcohol was often done during personal and communal celebrations as well as a show of wealth.
During fiestas (be it before the Spanish colonization or now) a pinoy can start drinking anywhere from 6 in the morning and it could last for days. Yes, days. Something that the Pinoy liver would probably complain about, but that’s the truth. Pinoys also have different slang terms to differentiate and categorize alcohol. Beer, for example is called “Kalawang” or rust – a term derived from the color that beer has which is quite similar to water with rust. Gin or other clear drinks are called “Stainless Steel”. In purchasing gin, you can opt to get the smaller bottle with a round base called “bilog” (pronounced bee-log) or the bigger bottle with a square based also known as “Kwatrokantos”. Gin is also known as “gin – bulag” (Bulag means blind) as the common misconception is that you can go blind when you drink too much beer.
Rum also has a huge market in the Philippines, with Tanduay Rum as one of the best selling rums around. You can purchase a small bottle, called “lapad” because of its flat shape, or a bigger bottle called a “long-neck” or “torre”. Brandy is slowly earning more and more fans with its affordable price and availability to be purchased almost everywhere. Brandy is either called “Empoy” (Emperador – the brand) or “GranMa” (Grand Matador).
Another interesting thing to note about the intricacies of Pinoy drinking is that we always drink with a group. Rarely do we drink alone perhaps due to the fact that most Pinoys are happy drunks and we love regaling stories to an audience. Also, Pinoys, being fierce friends, would drink with friends to ensure that if one does get totally pickled, they have a friend who was sober (or less inebriated than they are) who would watch out for them.
That being said, DiscoverPH.com proudly presents the Top 5 list some of the original Pinoy alcoholic beverages and their corresponding recipes! Enjoy and drink responsibly!