Watermelon punch


It's a cool day, the girls are back in their condo, it's time to unwind adult-style. Lunch was something that Speedy and I like (the girls tend to monopolize the choice of meals when they're home and I'm such an indulgent dolt, so...) -- stewed mongo (mung beans) and eggplants with crisp pork cubes a la lechon kawali.By sunset, I decided to do something with the … [Read more...]

Coctel Adelita


It kicks. Seriously. Five shots of tequila and one shot of Kahlua, and, well... it should kick. It's a good thing that I took photos before I downed the glass of Coctel Adelita. If I had insisted on sampling it before taking the photos, I might have had a serious case of camera shake and the images would have probably turned out badly blurred.The recipe is from the … [Read more...]

In search of the real margarita


I'm a mojito girl. After my UP Law class held a reunion / testimonial dinner a year and a half ago, in some of the photos that came out on Facebook, I was referred to as "that mojito chick." But long before I was introduced to mojito, I was in love with the margarita. Speedy's sister, Ava, was housekeeping manager at a swank hotel, she managed to inveigle from the hotel … [Read more...]

Tequila cranberry cocktail


If you're looking for the easiest cocktail drink recipe ever, you just found it. Two parts tequila plus five parts cranberry juice plus ice cubes. But, surely, there's a recipe worth writing or, at the very least, a few tips here and there? Well, yes, sort of.First, commercial cranberry juice comes in at least three kinds: pure and unsweetened; diluted with water and … [Read more...]

Pineapple margarita


If you're a long time reader, you'd know that my family never prepares a traditional noche buena. We stay away from "traditional" dishes because those retailers with no conscience always jack up the prices even when the supply can outlast the demand. Except once during the last ten years, we've never bought a whole leg of ham. We don't buy queso de bola because we're not … [Read more...]

Watermelon: from agua fresca to margarita


We've been making watermelon smoothies forever. In fact, the very first recipe in the "Drinks" category was the watermelon smoothie. It was updated in September 2010 when my daughter, Sam, made a picture pretty pitcher of her version. It was after that September 2010 update when reader RQ posted the following comment:She's so right about the lime juice. It worked … [Read more...]

Mango Margarita


It looks like the monsoon season is early this year. La Niña, they say. So, before the time of the mango ends, I want to enjoy them to the hilt in as many ways as I can. Philippine mangoes (or Manila mangoes, as they are known abroad) are incomparable, after all. Or so I've been told.The classic margarita gets a facelift in this cocktail drink with the addition … [Read more...]

Long Island iced tea


Strange that this drink is called iced tea when there is no tea in it. Some say it is because it tastes similar to iced tea but I beg to disagree. Long Island iced tea tastes nothing like the common iced tea whether the iced tea is made from brewed tea leaves or powdered mix.Long Island iced tea and the common iced tea share one similarity though -- the amber … [Read more...]

Tequila Sunrise


Another layered drink, the denser Grenadine sinks to the bottom of the glass to mimic the red hues of sunrise while the paler juices emulate the lightening morning sky. I wrote a soliloquy about it, mulling the name of the drink, but I am now convinced that it gets its name from the very town where tequila is primarily produced. The town of Tequila in Mexico is in an area … [Read more...]