5 Gin-Based Cocktails To Elevate The 11th One Gin Nation Day Party

If you grew up in the Philippines, you’re probably familiar with that the drinking staples from barkada inumans include the legendary gin. From the Gin pomelo to Wengweng and a lot more mixes, our youth was filled with good memories we were able to create from one too many blurry drunken nights. 

And speaking of liquors and cocktails, the Philippines is currently celebrating an extended World Gin Day 2019, turning it into a festivity that will be experienced by the whole nation!

Last June 7, we stood and partied as “One Gin Nation” with the country’s pioneering spirit, Ginebra San Miguel. The big event has been an observance of camaraderie, good food, and awesome spirits. All these and more at this year’s festivities were the things not to be missed. 

Ginebra San Miguel’s Legendary Gin-Making

If you think that “bilog” and “kwatro-kantos” is popular only in the Philippines, then you are wrong. Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. is the world's largest gin producer by volume as well as the market leader in the domestic hard liquor market.

San Miguel, previously named La Tondeña Distillers Inc., started it all in 1834. Growing bigger, in 2012, its flagship product, Ginebra San Miguel, became the largest-selling gin in the world, with sales of 23.8 million 9-litre cases.

San Miguel started joining the celebration of the World Gin Day – which is an international celebration – since it was founded in 2008. The Philippines has, however, taken it to another level by making a one-day celebration into a nationwide festival.

Yearly, GSM kicks off the series of festivities by holding a One Day Nation Party in Metro Manila. Master cocktail mixers like Enzo Lim, Kalel Demetrio and Icy Mariñas do an exhibition of drink mixing featuring ingredients from the 3 island groups of the Philippines – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Chefs and famous celebrities, as well as the hot ambassadors of GSM, also come together to grace the party.

But if you were not able to attend the event, here’s your chance to make your very own party and choices of gin-based cocktails.

Asking around and researching on which gin-based cocktails Filipinos love to serve, we came up with these top 5 drinks that I’m sure would definitely get you hyped up!

  1. 1 Pinoy's All-Time Fave - Gin Pomelo


    • 1 bottle of Ginebra San Miguel (bilog)
    • 1 litro pack sachet of powdered pomelo juice
    • 1 liter cold water
    • As many ice as you can make


    Mix the powdered juice with water, mix until powder is complete dissolved. Add the gin, pour the ice and mix. Serve chilled.

  2. 2 Tia Maria's Zombie


    • 1 bottle of Ginebra San Miguel (bilog)
    • 1 Zesto Strawberry Juice – You can use the Apple Flavor too for less-sweety taste
    • 1 500 mL Sprite
    • As many ice as you can make


    Simply mix everything and serve cold.

  3. 3 Master Mixer’s Enzo Lim’s Pinoy Parasol


    • 15 ml lemongrass-pandan concentrate
    • 15 ml lemon juice
    • 15 ml mango nectar
    • 30 ml guyabano juice
    • 45 ml. GSM Premium Gin


    In a mixing vessel, combine all the ingredients (in order). Add ice (5-7 cubes so liquid is covered) and then shake (15-20 seconds so that drink is properly diluted, chilled and blended). Strain over new ice in a Rocks glass. Then add 1 spray Angostura bitters (on top of drink). Garnish with a lemon wheel.

  4. 4 Leveling Up Your Gin Pomelo Into Gin Pom Pi


    • 45 ml. GSM Premium Gin 
    • 2-3 fresh calamansi (Philippine lime) juice, 
    • Cucumber juice
    • 1tsp Palawan honey 
    • Lots of fresh pomelo shreds

    Mix everything, garnished with two cucumber sticks, it should fill at least one serving of your daily fruit and veggie requirements.


  5. 5 The Undying Weng Weng

    Weng-weng is Filipino slang for someone who is completely intoxicated.


    • 2 jiggers vodka
    • 2 jiggers rum
    • 2 jiggers tequila
    • 2 jiggers brandy or whiskey
    • 2 jiggers gin
    • 2 jiggers grenadine syrup
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • 1 cup pineapple juice
    • Enough ice


    Put all ingredients in a tumbler. Shake well. Serve cold.

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