Watch the full episode of DrinkManila Tastings: The New Primera Light Brandy

DrinkManila Tastings is where our editorial team takes on different drinking trends and review new bottles and beverages picked up on trips abroad and at local groceries. For this episode, Editor-in-chief Tatum Ancheta and resident mixologist Icy Mariñas try the new Primera Light Brandy.

Primera Light Brandy has gotten a makeover, with a new bottle design and new and improved taste. Manufactured locally but made with imported Solera Gran Reserva brandy from Spain and imported ENA (extra neutral alcohol), Primera Light Brandy has been awarded back to back Monde Selection medals (2016-2017 and recently garnered a medal for 2018 as well).

Filipinos have a taste for ‘light’ drinks, and Primera Light Brandy can be the next light spirit of choice for barkada drinking sessions. The new bottle design comes in 750ml and 350ml (which will be widely available in September 2018). As a product of Ginebra San Miguel, makers of the World’s Number 1 Gin (Ginebra Gin Bilog), Primera Light Brandy can be found in major supermarkets and convenience stores, as well as local groceries and sari-sari stores.

There are different ways to enjoy Primera Light. Local brandy doesn’t just have to be served neat. Try it with ice and a lemon peel to open up the flavors and add dimension. It would also be good to have it in Sangria. Just add some chopped fruit, orange juice, wine, and peach juice, and you’re good to go.

Primera Light Brandy has some cocktail suggestions that you can try at home.

Primera Chiller


  • 45 ml Primera Light Brandy 
  • 15 ml Lime Cordial / Lime Juice 
  • 1 Slice of Lime fruit 
  • 1 full glass of ice 
Primera Chiller


  1. Add ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a glass with ice.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge.

Sky Prisma


  • 45 ml Primera Light Brandy 
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar 
  • ¼ pc (cubed) Fresh Lemon 
  • Lemon-Lime Soda 
  • 1 full glass of ice 


  1. Muddle lemon in collins glass.
  2. Build drink in a glass.
  3. Add ice and top with lemon-lime soda (use soda water for a low-cal option).

Watch Tatum and Icy in this short but fun episode of DrinkManila Tastings as they guide you through drinking and getting familiar with Primera Light Brandy. Easy to drink, affordable, widely available, and versatile, with Primera Light Brandy, you don’t need to break the bank to have fun and enjoy.

For more information about the brand visit their Facebook page at @PrimeraLightBrandy and check out the hashtags #BagongPrimera #SarapKasama

DrinkManila hosts Tatum Ancheta and Icy Mariñas

DrinkManila production team Star Sabroso, Chrysmas Gawaran, and Kay Arias

Special Thanks to The Keg, The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City; National Brow Artist Celina Fernandez from Benefit Cosmetics Philippines; and Chaddy Quia and Julia Medina from Creations By Lourd Ramos

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