CHECK IT OUT: Tim Walters’ Signature Cocktails at Aria, Bonifacio Global City

Aria Cucina Italiania and Tim Walters bring you new drinks to counter the bothersome weather

Aria Cucina Italiana
East Superblock, 30th Street, corner 7th Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No. 623-0119
Open daily 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

( The heat is undeniable summer and while hiding in an air-conditioned room seems like the most brilliant thing to do, lounging with friends with a drink in your hand seems like a more refreshing way to beat the heat. There's always the chart-topping halo-halo that brings instant comfort but Aria Cucina Italiana is offering something new that has a little more flair.

Tim Walters, sometimes known as Mr. G. Toengi, designed a line of cocktails for the restaurant that shows off his mixology skills. We can imagine how much fun it is to be married to someone whose creations have been served in the legendary Music Box in Hollywood Boulevard, but for now, we'll be content with visiting Aria for these new concoctions.

What's great about this new cocktail line is that they're created to complement Aria's dishes. The new Strawberry Basiltini (P220) goes well with the Caprese (P380), which essentially means that you can - if you must - start your dinner with drinks.



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Caprese and Strawberry Basiltini


The Strawberry Basiltini is an intriguing mix of Skyy vodka, strawberries, basil, and, of all things, balsamic vinegar. It leaves a certain acerbic texture in your mouth, countered perfectly by the Buffalo Mozzarella.

An alternative to this is their Tropical Sangria (P250), which you might say is a more apt choice for the summer. It’s perfect with the best selling Insalata di Cocomero, Rucola e Pinoli (P480). The watermelon blended in the drink and the watermelon in the salad keeps your head cool and your hunger pangs appeased.


From there, you can then have a classic with a classic: Arrabiata (P360) coupled with The Aria Margarita (P180).


Aria Margarita and Arrabiata


Aria's version of a margarita contains silver tequila and grapefruit (among other things), which puts it on the sweeter side of the flavor spectrum, complementing the faint spiciness of the pasta.


But if you're feeling man enough, dive right into an order of Pollo alla diavola (P550) and have it with the Mantini (P220). Never mind that bourbon isn't really a popular drink when it comes to taste; it's just such an inane pleasure to say, "Bartender, one Mantini please."

There's no way to try the 11 drinks that Walters made for Aria in one sitting, since we all need to be sober during most hours of the day but in your time of need for a gleeful little sip, they have you covered.



Blue Buck, Keylime pie-tini, Camparia, and Coffeetini


One can almost imagine the beach with a glass of Summer Bliss (P280) but a night in the city with Italian food isn't really such a bad deal. Anything that can make you forget this heat wave is most welcome.

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