The Not-So-Typical Bottled Cocktails to Get for Your Next E-Numan
Cocktail kits, too.
(SPOT.ph) We’ve transitioned our (former) usual activities to be doable in our own houses—whether it’s working from home, attending classes online, or even watching concerts from your couch. It seems not even COVID-19 can stop the love for alcohol and social gatherings, what with the rise of what’s called e-numan—yep, the drinking sessions you used to hold come Friday nights, libations and all included, except that it’s done indoors with each party communicating over the Internet. And while no drink is unwelcome during e-numan, why not go for a more carefully crafted beverage concocted by some of the country’s best bartenders? Here, we list stores and purveyors to hit up for great drinks that’ll make your indoor drinking sessions all the more special.
Check out these purveyors for excellent cocktails that are available for delivery:
The Curator is heralded as one of the best bars in Asia, and they’re now letting you bring the experience at home with their bespoke bottled cocktails. Just some of the variants you can get are the #StillHurting (P700/1.5 servings), which has layers of bitterness from Tequila Blanco, Mezcal, coffee-infused Vermouth, and Campari; The Frenchman (P775/1.75 servings), a suave mix of bourbon whiskey, Islay single malt scotch whisky, Cherry Heering, and sweet vermouth; the Penny Lane (P900/two servings), a fruity number with bourbon whiskey, and Cocchi Americano, sweet vermouth, peach liqueur, orange bitters, Angostura bitters; and more.
For orders, visit The Curator’s delivery website.
35cl Cocktail Co.
35cl Cocktail Co. releases a limited selection of cocktails that changes every season. Their current line pays homage to Filpino cuisine—there’s the Turon (P1,050/350 ml) with banana sous vide lambanog, pili nut tincture, jackfruit syrup, burnt sugar syrup, lavender bitters, spiced chocolate bitters, and Angostura bitters; the Sugarcane (P1,050/350 ml)—which takes after Ilocano sugarcane basi—with Tequila Blanco, sweet vermouth, mango shrub, lemon juice, sweet potato syrup, jackfruit syrup, lavender bitters, and milk; or the Corn (P1,050/350 ml), with grilled corn-infused gin, fat-washed butter dry vermouth, coconut liqueur, homemade corn syrup, sweet corn bitters, and six-year-old black garlic bitters.
For orders, check out 35cl Cocktail Co.’s website.
Beyond their brilliant branding, Some Young boasts a short-but-sweet line of bottled cocktails that include the Tropic Thunder (P280/bottle, P500/two bottles, P750/three bottles, P1,000/four bottles), a refreshing and tropical mix of spiced rum, pineapple, and clarified milk; and the Cold Brew Negroni (P280/bottle, P500/two bottles, P750/three bottles, P1,000/four bottles), a bolder drink of cold brew coffee, Campari, rosso vermouth, and botanical London dry gin. Can’t choose? You can also get a bundle of both drinks for P500.
This group of drink pros offers a couple of bottled beverages which include ready-to-drink coffee, sodas, and of course, cocktails. Choose from the Carl’s Wink (P1,500) with bourbon, Angostura bitter-spiced water, and sugar; the Mob Street (P1,500) with bourbon, green mango, Cointreau, orange, and thyme; or the Rose Dawson (P1,500) with gin, lemon distillate, rose, and ginger liqueur. You can get your fix through their website; they can deliver for you, or you can choose to book your own courier.
For orders, visit EDSA BDG’s website.
If you prefer to go the DIY route, Tipsy Tabs offers cocktail kits which include everything you need to make your favorite libations at home. They carry all sorts of classics, from the Cosmopolitan Cocktail Kit (P1,050), Negroni Cocktail Kit (P1,100), Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit (P1,300), and more. Each kit makes six servings. You can order by sending them a message on their social media pages; you can pay via GCash or through cash on delivery via your courier’s purchase service.
Proudly Promdi highlights the best flavors of Filipino cuisine with their bottled cocktail line. Like it fruity? Try the Old Fashioned-inspired Lakay (P550/240 ml) with pineapple rum, ginger demerara syrup, and orange bitters; the Langka Negroni (P700/240 ml) with langka rum, sweet vermouth, Aperol, and rose water; or the Manhattan-inspired New York Cubao (P700/240 ml) with banana rum, mango sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, anise, and cinnamon. They also offer a new way to enjoy purple yam with the Ube Gandanghari (P550/240 ml), which combines pandan rum, ube macapuno shrub, coconut tincture, and lemon bitters.
For orders, check out Proudly Promdi’s website.
Annex House Manila
Annex House Manila integrates art, fashion, music, performance, craftsmanship, culinary arts, and mixology in their Poblacion space. The mixology part of the equation comes represented by their short-but-sweet line of cocktails, which includes the Mango Rum Bottled Cocktail (P650/liter), which you can get spicy or non-spicy, and the Pandan Rum Old Fashioned Bottled Cocktail (P960). If you’re up for making it yourself, you can also get their Mango Rum Cocktail Kit (P3,500). You can place orders through their website, and the best part is that 10% of sales goes towards relief grants for artists, creatives, and social innovators.
For orders, check out Annex House Manila’s website.
Run Rabbit Run
This Poblacion cocktail rabbit hole has released their very own line of bottled cocktails to go. They’ve got quite the selection, so there’s something for everyone. There’s the bright and tropical Banana Rum Daiquiri (P800/250 ml, P1,600/500 ml with care pack) with rum, sugar, lime, and banana liqueur; the robust Don Chocoroni (P800/250 ml, P1,600/500 ml with care pack) with Don Papa Rum infused with cacao husk; and the punchy Dirty Martini (P850/250 ml, P1,700/500 ml with care pack) with Absolut Vodka, Noily Pratt, and olive brine; and more.
For orders, check out Run Rabbit Run’s website.
Buccaneers Rum & Cocktails
Buccaneers is a haven for lovers of rum, and while their bar is currently closed, you can still get your fix of their signature drinks. Negroni lovers are in for a treat with their Black Negroni (P990/four servings, P1,890/eight servings) and the fruity Tropical Negroni (P990/four servings, P1,890/eight servings). They also carry the Rum Manhattan (P990/four servings, P1,890/eight servings) and the Captain Old Fashioned (P1,490/four servings, P2,890/eight servings). Just send them a message for orders.
More than great all-day breakfast fare, Refinery also offers great cocktails, which they’ve now translated into cocktail kits you can enjoy for a leisurely brunch session or a wild night out—er, in. Their selection spans mostly classics, such as the Espresso Martini (P999/five servings), Mimosa (P1,699/six servings), Moscow Mule (P999/five servings), Old Fashioned (P999/three servings), and more. You can pay via BDO transfer, and you’ll have to book a courier to pick it up from their Rockwell location.