Gin Tonic With A Philippine Twist

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The Gin & Tonic, a cocktail enjoyed worldwide, takes on a delightful twist with Philippine ingredients and flavors. This tropical version incorporates citrusy notes from local limes and a touch of sweetness from indigenous honey, creating a perfectly balanced and refreshing drink.


DrinkManila Tastings:  Gin and Tonic Recipes – DrinkManila
DrinkManila Tastings: Gin and Tonic Recipes – DrinkManila

2 oz Gin (Your favorite brand)

  • 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • ¾ oz Local Honey
  • 4 oz Tonic Water (Chilled)
  • Lime Wedge (For Garnish)
  • Calamansi Wedge (For Garnish – Optional)
  • Sprig of Mint (For Garnish)

  • Instructions:

    1. Prep the Glass: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Swirl the ice around to chill the glass, then discard the melted water.
    2. Combine Gin & Citrus: Pour the gin and fresh lime juice into the chilled glass.
    3. Sweeten it Up: Add the local honey and stir gently to dissolve.
    4. Top it Off: Slowly pour in the chilled tonic water, allowing it to mix with the other ingredients.
    5. Garnish & Enjoy: Garnish your Gin & Tonic with a lime wedge, a calamansi wedge (for an extra citrus kick!), and a sprig of mint for an aromatic touch.

    Pro Tip: For a more intense citrus flavor, express the oils from the lime and/or calamansi wedge by gently squeezing it over the rim of the glass before dropping it in.

    Nutritional Facts

    (Please note that this is an approximate nutritional value based on standard ingredient sizes. Values may vary depending on specific brands used.)

    Calories: 130

  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Protein: 0g

  • Disclaimer: Nutritional information is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional dietary advice.


    This Gin & Tonic with a Philippine twist offers a delightful balance of sweet, sour, and refreshing flavors. The local honey adds a unique touch, while the calamansi (a citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia) provides an extra layer of citrusy goodness. Perfect for a hot summer day or a relaxing evening, this cocktail is sure to become a favorite.


    1. Can I use a different type of sweetener?

    Absolutely! If you don’t have local honey, you can substitute it with simple syrup or another liquid sweetener of your choice. Start with a half ounce and adjust to your taste preference.

    2. What kind of gin is best for this recipe?

    Any gin you enjoy will work! For a more citrus-forward flavor, consider a gin with botanicals like juniper, coriander, and citrus peel.

    3. What if I don’t have calamansi?

    No worries! You can simply use a regular lime wedge for a delicious drink.

    4. Can I make this drink non-alcoholic?

    Of course! Simply omit the gin and top it off with club soda instead of tonic water. You can also add a splash of lime juice or another citrus juice for extra flavor.

    5. How can I make this recipe in a larger batch?