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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, proudly presents the Top 5 list some of the original Pinoy alcoholic beverages and their corresponding recipes! Enjoy and drink responsibly!

Top 5 Original Pinoy Alcoholic beverages



Aptly named because it was invented in Boracay, this alcoholic beverage is the Pinoy version of Bailey’s or any other chocolate or extremely sweet liquor.


• 1 bottle of rum (preferably non flavoured rum)
• 1 can of condensed milk
• 2 sachets or the equivalent of 4 table spoons of coffee
• 3 sachets or the equivalent of 6 table spoons of chocolate malt powder drink

In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients together, making sure that you dissolve all the powder completely. You can strain it if you prefer. Serve cold with lots and lots of ice. An optional garnish is crushed peanuts.


ginpomProbably one of the most popular Pinoy alcoholic concoctions, GinPom is just literally, Gin and Pomelo juice. This became popular with the drinkers from the 90s generation as this was also about the same time that a popular juice brand came out with their “litro packs”. If you want your GinPom to be a little “sosyal” you can use real pomelo juice by juicing the fruit. Add a little wedge of pomelo for garnish.


• 1 bottle of “bilog”
• 1 sachet (litro pack) of powdered pomelo juice
• 1 liter of cold water
• Lots of ice

Mix the powdered juice with water and dissolve the powder completely. Add the gin, pour in the ice and mix. Serve chilled.



Pinoys also love the play of words when creating new beverages. In this alcoholic beverage’s case, though “kagatan” literally means “the process of biting”, this beverage’s name uses the first syllables of the ingredients: KApe (coffee), GAtas (milk) and TANduay (a brand of rum).


• 1 “lapad” bottle of Tanduay rum
• 1 can of condensed milk
• 1 sachet of instant coffee or the equivalent of 3 tablespoons of coffee
• 800 ml of water

In a large pitcher, mix all the ingredients together and add ice. Serve chilled.



As disgusting as the moniker sounds, Expired is anything but past its shelf date. The name comes from the taste of the beverage that is very similar to “expired beer”. Why anyone would willingly drink expired beer is beyond me, but if they need to do it to gain street cred, I won’t judge them.


• 2 (two) 500ml bottles of Red Horse. Extra points go to you if you use “happy horse”
• 1 bottle of gin “bilog”
• 2 mentholated hard candies (for the love of Spongebob, please do not use mentos. Use stork or snow bear)
• 1 huge chunk of ice

In a large pitcher, pout all liquid ingredients in. After mixing thoroughly, drop the candies into the mix and drop the large chunk of ice as well. Mix again and serve chilled.


Nobody is quite sure where the name came from as it has conflicting stories. One friend said that it’s the best drink for those “punyeta” moments while another one said that one shot is so strong you’d scream “punyeta!” My personal take on it is that after consuming the drink, it gave me a punyeta hangover.


• 1 liter Pineapple juice (liquid, not powder)
• 1 small bottle of rum, the lapad kind
• 100 grams Iced Tea powder
• Ice and lots of it

Here’s a trick I’ve learned about rum: Rum, especially the Tanduay rum brand, has this very strong petrol like odor that often ruins the taste of it. If you let the rum “air” itself out for about 5 minutes, this will take that smell out. I suggest you pour the rum in the large pitcher first and let it air out. Mix the Iced tea powder and make sure you dissolve all the powder. Pour in the pineapple juice and then pour in the ice. Serve chilled.



11 Comments on Top 5 Original Pinoy Alcoholic Cocktails

  1. engineer me

    Can you suggest some of cocktails drink using Tanduay Ice? It’d be a great help for our project. Thanks in advance!

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