For the Very First Time: Cocktail Thursdays R-18

Save me the gasps of shock.

I know i preach a healthy lifestyle all the time, but for those who deserve it, those who have reached their fitness goals, its ok to give in to the dark side a little. In school i took 4 years of Wine/Alcohol Tasting and became very passionate about drinks in parallel with food, because drinks, like food, are a combination of intricate flavours that when mixed wrong, go very badly, but when controlled correctly can be perfect sips of heaven.

So where do we start? As i always say, the basics. Hey, if you are going to cheat, make sure its with the good stuff. I get extremely fustrated that most bars locally, do not know how to mix a cocktail, the rule of thumb in Manila is, the sweeter it is the better; I die a little inside; so that cocktails take on this reputation of being for ladies only and are basically sugar bombs, which are terrible for your diet. So if you’re going to indulge sometimes, make sure you do it properly, and keep it to one glass only!!! (and you better be 18!!). Get to know your aclohol and the different mixes, it’ll make you a more well rounded individual and you can even start pairing these drinks with food and surprise your next dinner guests.

I want to start with Whisky and it turns out i’ve already written about this spirit in the Esquire Philippines blog,

Read up:

To start you off, let’s discuss whisky and whiskey. The addition of the “e” can seem quite childish, but we all know alcohol isn’t child’s play. Like winemakers, whisky producers are quite proud of their craft, thus create laws and restrictions to be able to identify exactly how/where/when and with what a certain whisky is made. The “i” et “e” is the first of many distinctions, simply stating that whisky comes from Scotland, France or Japan and whiskey hails from Ireland or the USA.

Secondly, it is good to know about how the stuff is made. Whisky generally is made of 3 basic ingredients water, yeast and grain (barley, wheat, corn and/or rye) that go through a five step process: Malting (germination turning the grain into the malt), Mashing (Mixing with water), Fermentation (Yeast turns sugars into alcohol), Distillation (condensing and splitting the alcohol, could be done multiple times) and Ageing (in oak casks).

The following glossary will hopefully be of help when buying or selecting your drink and assist you in making a knowledgeable decision; also you wouldn’t want to look like an idiot when an acquaintance asks you ‘why you prefer single malt over single grain’ in front of your date.


Grain Whisky Made of different grain
Blended Whisky, Blended Malt, Blended Grain Mixed from various distilleries
Vatted Different casks from one distillery
Single Malt, Single Grain Any Grain or Malt Whisky from one distillery
Scotch Scottish Whisky
Bourbon Whisky from Tennessee with at least 51% corn
Single Casks From one single cask
Single Barrel From one single barrel (US)
Rye, Wheat Whisky At least 51% of either ingredient
Corn Whisky At least 80% corn
Malt Whisky Made only from malted Barley

The Whisky Cocktail every man should be drinking:

The Old Fashion

Stray away from your boring beer and wine nights, try something different and become a cocktail convert; it’s about time.


Place a sugar cube in an Old-Fashioned glass (im using a jar). Wet it with 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a small dash of water or club soda. Crush the sugar with a muddler. Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters make a lining. Add a large ice cube (or whisky stones). Pour in the rye or American bourbon. Add a stirrer.










    1. Augustus A. Guinez February 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      hahaha, i was looking for the video,, anyways,, thanks,,,

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 2:02 am

        ill try to put one in next time, it takes such a long time kasi to upload

    1. cookie February 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      looks awesome. wanna try.

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

        don’t worry you’re not a stalker :) hahahahah

        1. cookie February 11, 2012 at 4:57 am

          hahaha good to know ;)

    1. Verna Garbin February 10, 2012 at 5:15 am

      scrolled up and down a couple of times, thought i missed the video..turns out, there aint any! :p
      and it is true..been to a lot of bars around town and i’m disappointed to how they serve up this one bar, this particular drink is fabulous..the next bar, i order the same and it turns out to be that suppose to be normal? because i thought since cocktails has exact measurements and stuff- technically each glass should taste as good as the other, even if it was made by two different baristaS.
      anyway looking forward to your next Cocktail Thursday post.. this just serves as an informative blog post because this is a macho man’s drink. i hope you can serve up a much more feminine drink for us girls next time. :)

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

        yup its really frustrating! i’ll try and put in a vid next time, it just takes much longer

    1. marynowitzki February 12, 2012 at 5:23 am

      Awesome! “Cocktails are ladies drink…” that’s a misconception really! Haha. I would always be assigned by my friends to do the mixing and they won’t really appreciate whenever it’s not sweet. Tried explaining for the nth time and yeah I quit. So, Imma show them what you posted and convince them to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing (:

      1. Erwan February 13, 2012 at 2:35 am

        yes, please educate.

    1. Foodlover February 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Good to know about this cocktail drinks. Thank you for sharing this for me and for everybody. I love drinkings a lot but drinking not too much. Haha! It’s been a long time when my instructor teach us how to mix a cocktail drinks and where & when drinks got started but I forgot everything about that. Haha. Now, I realize drinks is better when you drink it with joy and love. I’am truly enjoyed visiting and especially reading your blog. I’m excited to tell about this to my friends. :) thanks.

      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:38 am

        yes its a standard, very manly too. i always say 1 good drink is better than having 10 mediocre ones.

    1. josh February 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Wow looks cool man! anyways turning 18 on the 15th so i can read this na right? LOL! ill try to make one

      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:34 am

        yes! best to learn at 18, so that at 20 you’ll be an expert and impressing everyone around you

        1. josh February 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

          I agree man! and im waiting for ur another cocktail post. make it easy. haha

          1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:54 am

            you’re not 18 bro

    1. e. salamanca February 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      scotch neat is best……i cringe when i see people mix or add sweet juice or soda to premium liquor like cranberry in greygoose or margarita mix in a don julio real…sacrilege!

      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:31 am

        agreed, if its single malt. I dont mind if don julio is used, only if its the standard one, and not the extra anejos, Same goes for Grey Goose, i dont consider it a premium spirit. I prefer Russian and Finninsh brands for smooth tating Vodka.

    1. Rye Encisa February 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      I heard about you talking about this when you visited the boys of BNO.. will try it and maybe I’d be converted. One question though where do i buy the bitters as well as the whiskey stones? thanks!

      1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

        campari is bitters, it can be found anyhwere. Whisky stones, only online, but you can use a big block of ice instead, so it doesnt melt quickly.

    1. Anon February 25, 2012 at 6:45 am

      I think this Old Fashion cocktail is what Ryan Gosling did in the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. He added a twist of lemon peel, too.

      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 3:53 am

        yes some people add lemon or orange peel

    1. Angel March 16, 2012 at 4:50 am

      Wow your blog sure is informative. Very fun to read! Well anyway, like you I’ve been to different stages when it comes to my weight, I started as normal to overweight to anorexic. But now I guess I’m back to normal again, and trying to enjoy food whilst keeping my diet. :)

      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:18 am

        Thank you!! just keep at it!

    1. AJ March 18, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Finally someone who I can relate with when it comes to drinks as well.

      I still remember trying “rum coke ” in famous bar in Taguig, and it just kills me inside how they didn’t know what Cuba Libre is. You know what I mean?

      May I suggest do a “rusty nail” next .

      Looking forward to meet you

      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:23 am

        i know its terrible!
        Yes i’ll work on classics, thanks!

    1. Christian May 27, 2012 at 6:07 am

      I was listening to Boys Night Out one time and someone from Esquire Magazine said that you are an expert when it comes to drinks. This artik really proves it. Cheers!

      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:47 am

        thank you Christian!

    1. Elisa Villar July 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

      hey.. thanks for this one.. i hope you could a different section for drinks/beverages.. thank you so much…

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:09 am

        yup im just not drinking much at the moment because of my training

        1. Elisa Villar July 20, 2012 at 6:36 am

          how about some organic drinks like a herbal tonic or something of the like.. can you make one of those? =)

          1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:32 am

            haha i have no idea about tonics

    1. Kristine June 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Hi erwan have you tried Hugo? Its actually more for summer ladies drinks. Not sure if you can find an Elderberry syrup in the Philippines. Im sure Anne would love it or the ladies.

      1. Erwan June 18, 2013 at 7:42 am


    1. Lyndon Johnson December 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

      This really helps me so much. Thanks for this Erwan.




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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