Gin is still the “in” spirit of the moment, and there are no signs of it slowing down any time soon. With the number of available products growing steadily, gin and tonic buffets, gin promotions, and gin bars popping up all over the metro, gin is shaping up to be the drink for today’s generation.

The Bar Pink Gin, Premium Dry Gin, Lime Gin

Emperador Distillers Inc., makers of Emperador Brandy, the number one brandy in the world, launched a new gin to carve its name in the local gin scene–The Bar Premium Gin. Infused with imported botanicals from Spain (juniper, thyme, mint, coriander, orris root, grapefruit, and almond), The Bar is an exciting gin with delicious bursts of flavor not found in other local gin products.

Executive Director of Emperador Distillers, Inc. Kendrick Tan encourages everyone to try The Bar Gins

The Bar comes in three variants–Pink Gin with delicious berries, Green Gin with refreshing zesty lime, and a clear Premium Dry Gin that takes you through the flavorful world of botanicals. They come in pretty bottles with label designs that give a glimpse of what to expect once you take a sip. You can enjoy the spirit in a variety of ways: mix with tonic or your preferred lime soda and add some herbs and spices to kick it up a notch, or enjoy them on the rocks and savor the notes of its botanicals.

The Bar Premium Gin is infused with imported botanicals from Spain (juniper, thyme, mint, coriander, orris root, grapefruit, and almond)

Celebrities, local influencers, members of the industry, and gin enthusiasts braved the impending typhoon and flocked to The Island BGC on September 12 for The Bar Pink Gin Party. Everyone came in their perfect berrylicious pink attires to welcome The Bar as a new addition to the local drinking scene.


The Bar Gin launch at The Island

Hosts Nikko Ramos and Debbie Then engaged the young crowd and set the pace of the packed program. Actors Derrick Monasterio, Kiko Estrada, and Chie Filomeno were introduced as the “faces” of The Bar Premium Gin. Indie folk band, The Ransom Collective, and DJ Butta B, played tunes to entertain the crowd as they drank and mingled.

Hosts Nikko Ramos and Debbie Then
Nikko Ramos
The Bar team flanked by Kiko Estrada and Derrick Monasterio
Derrick Monasterio
DJ Butta B

Attendees enjoyed the photo session with photographers Andrea Beldua, Andrei Suleik, and Jeff Ong at three photo walls that represented each of the three gins–green brick for Lime, tropical foliage for Premium, and pink neon industrial for Pink. Guests were encouraged to take their snapshots at the photo walls for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Take your best shot
Dani Barretto won a spa package
Jam Manalo won a Samsung Galaxy tablet
Janeska Sibug won a Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Bar served custom gin and tonics to the thirsty crowd with various garnishes to choose from–classic lime and lemon, grapefruit, pink peppercorns, thyme, cucumber, and strawberries. Experimentation was encouraged as guests sampled a variety of combinations to their liking.


Here are our G&T suggestions:

The Bar Premium Dry Gin has floral, juniper notes, and a grapefruit finish. It’s perfect with a slice of grapefruit or cucumber, or even just a lemon wedge. It holds itself well against stronger flavors, so even bolder garnishes like green bell pepper complement this gin superbly. It is a gin you can really experiment your garnishes with.

The Bar Premium Dry Gin G&T with bellpepper, lemon wheel, and grapefruit slice
The Bar Premium Dry Gin G&T with lime, dried rosemary, and red peppercorns

The Bar Lime Gin is a zesty, spicy gin, and would go great with just a lime wedge or peel.

The Bar Lime G&T with a lime wedge

The Bar Pink Gin was the crowd’s favorite, with its pretty pink hue and sweet berry taste makes it a ready to drink cocktail. So have it over lots of ice if you want to keep it simple, or lean into the berry flavor by adding strawberries and cucumber to your G&T.

The Bar Pink G&T with strawberries and juniper berries

The Bar is the new kid in gin town, and it’s definitely going to be a staple in barkada drinking sessions from now on. The best part is, it’s super affordable, each 700 ml bottle retails at Php95 and can be found in 7-Eleven, and will soon be available in other convenience stores and leading supermarkets. If you prefer to shop online, you can get The Bar exclusively on

For updates on The Bar, follow #TheBarPremiumGin #TheBarPinkGin #TheBarGreenGin on Instagram and Facebook. is your learned drinking buddy who can tell you what to drink, what you’re drinking and where to drink. Learn about the coolest and the latest bars in the metro, or the newest beverage or new product out in the market, or have fun creating enjoyable drinks from our features and videos within the comfort of your homes.

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