Since gin is still in, there is a growing number of local gins that are carving their own space in the crowded gin market. Emperador Distillers, makers of Emperador Brandy, the number one brandy in the world, recently launched a new gin to establish themselves in the local gin scene.


Read more about The Bar Gins


Infused with imported botanicals from Spain (juniper, thyme, mint, coriander, orris root, grapefruit, and almond), The Bar gins excite the palate with delicious bursts of flavor not found in other local gin products. Their bottles are cool, with a trendy look that younger consumers will be drawn to. It’s super affordable as well; each 700 ml bottle retails at Php 95 and is available in 7-Eleven, and other convenience stores and leading supermarkets, and on Boozy.ph, if you prefer to shop online.

Watch DrinkManila.com editor-in-chief Tatum Ancheta and resident mixologist Icy Mariñas try the three new gins from The Bar.  In the episode, they will also guide you through gin and tonic suggestions for each gin variant to enhance your drinking experience, with a classic mix to start you out with and a more experimental combo if you’re feeling a little adventurous.

DrinkManila.com editor-in-chief Tatum Ancheta and resident mixologist Icy Mariñas

Here are the DrinkManila gin and tonic suggestions for The Bar:

The Bar Pink Gin has a pretty pink hue and sweet berry taste. Lean into the berry flavor by adding strawberries and a touch of spice with pink peppercorns, and tonic.

For a more complex mix, add tonic, crushed peppercorns, a slice of orange, oregano, and orange peel.

The Bar Pink Gin with strawberries, pink peppercorns, and tonic; The Bar Pink Gin, tonic, crushed peppercorns, a slice of orange, oregano, and orange peel

The Bar Lime Gin is a zesty, spicy gin, and would go great with just a lime wedge or peel and lemon slice for added citrus taste. Or, try adding a tonic, Granny Smith apple slices, and tarragon leaves to add layers of flavor.

The Bar Lime Gin, tonic, lime wedge or peel, and lemon slice; The Bar Lime Gin, tonic, Granny Smith apple slices, and tarragon leaves

The Bar Premium Dry Gin has floral, juniper notes, and a grapefruit finish. It holds itself well against stronger flavors, so this is a good gin you can experiment with G&T mixes. It’s perfect with a slice of grapefruit, lemon, and green bell pepper. For a more sophisticated combination, add tonic, cucumber, lemon slice, and dill.

The Bar Premium Dry Gin, tonic, a slice of grapefruit, lemon, and green bell pepper; The Bar Premium Dry Gin, tonic, cucumber, lemon slice, and dill

The Bar has some cocktail suggestions that aren’t just easy to drink, but easy to make as well.

Lychee Martini

Lychee Martini

Ingredients:

  • 30 ml The Bar Pink Gin
  • 30 ml Lychee syrup
  • 10 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 1 piece lychee fruit

Directions:

  1. Pour ingredients in shaker and add ice.
  2. Shake and strain into martini glass.
  3. Garnish with lychee fruit.

Gimlet

Gimlet

Ingredients:

  • 45 ml The Bar Lime Gin
  • 15 ml Freshly squeezed lime
  • 15 ml Sugar syrup
  • 1 piece lime wedge

Directions:

  1. Pour ingredients in a shaker and add ice.
  2. Shake and strain into coupette.
  3. Garnish with lime peel.

Negroni

Negroni

Ingredients:

  • 40 ml Premium Dry Gin
  • 10 ml Campari Bitters
  • 10 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • orange peel

Directions:

  1. Pour ingredients into mixing glass and add ice.
  2. Stir and strain into rock glass with ice.
  3. Garnish with orange peel.

The Bar may be the new kid in gin town, and people might have misconceptions about it, it being a local brand and all. Try it out first before drawing conclusions.  It tastes good, affordable, versatile, fun, and will surely be a staple in barkada drinking sessions. There’s a reason why The Bar is shaping up to be the Gin for the New Generation. Find out for yourself.

For more information about the brand visit their Facebook and Instagram page at @TheBarPremiumGin.

Watch out for DrinkManila guest bar shift featuring The Bar in three locations in Poblacion, click here for the dates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @DrinkManila to get the updates.


  • DrinkManila hosts Tatum Ancheta and Icy Mariñas
  • Director Jay Valino
  • Floor Director Chrysmas Gawaran 
  • DOP Emerlito Buban 
  • Camera Operator Ricardo Resma
  • Makeup Nichole Austria
  • Hair Aila Cascalla 
  • Shot on location: Seventeen O’Nine, La Fuerza Compound, Chino Roces, Makati City

About DrinkManila Tastings

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, as well as new products brands have sent us for review so that you know what to expect when you try them.

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