Lemons and limes have a permanent place in any cocktail menu, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a decent strawberry drink that isn’t a daiquiri slushie. But more and more bars are experimenting with different ways to put their own spin on classic drinks—and they’re using the sweet-and-sour berry to do that. Below, delicious strawberry drinks you can get in the Metro:
Strawberry Fields ForeverWHERE: Walrus Fil-Mex Cantina
Mention its name around the college kids in Katipunan and they’ll sooner think of their favorite strawberry-based cocktail rather than the Beatles song. The strawberry and vodka slushie is infused with basil to add more depth to the flavor, and you can get the drink in a glass or, if you want to be more economical (just tell yourself that), a pitcher to share.
WHERE: Yes Please
This creamy drink will definitely bring out the little rascal in you. It’s concocted with Hendrick’s gin, fresh strawberry, lemon juice, almond milk, and simple syrup—refreshing enough to sip in the club or even out during a picnic. This drink is best enjoyed while flirting with your childhood crush that never seemed to go away.
Rosada Gin Tonica
Before you order the sangria, you might want to take a closer look at Barcino’s cocktail menu. They expanded their selections of G&T, and the Rosada Gin Tonica definitely deserves more attention that it gets. Think: the classic gin and tonic infused with cinnamon, orange peel, and of course, strawberries. It’s a great option if you’re not into wine.
This drink is definitely something you’ll really, really want. Make a toast to your favorite girl group with this strawberry-infused drink. This is another take on the G&T, and it’s mixed with black pepper and fresh tarragon for a more earthy, herbal flavor. When you’re done with it, you might just feel like hitting the dance floor and pulling out all your '90s moves.
WHERE: Buddha Bar
Having wine night but not super fond of reds? Try this wine-cocktail hybrid instead. Buddha bar mixed sparkling wine with strawberry puree, raspberry syrup, and elderflower syrup to create this sweet, full-bodied drink.
WHERE: Big Bad Wolf
If you’re feeling too shy to get on the dance floor, have some of this liquid courage first. Disco Berries is made with vodka, cranberry juice, strawberry liqueur, and frozen berries blended to make a delicious alcoholic slushie. One sip of this and you’ll definitely be ready to do the hustle.
WHERE: Yes Please
Don’t let this cute, pink cocktail fool you fool you—Yes Please’s Beep Me is a mixture of Tanqueray gin, Aperol, grapefruit juice, strawberry, egg white, lime, and honey lemongrass. Despite its alcohol content, it’s a sweet treat and you won’t even notice that you’ve already downed a few glasses in the span of your night out.
Summer As A Verb
WHERE: Studio 28
Summer isn’t over when you have this fresh drink on hand. The cocktail is made with ARC Botanical Gin—created with herbs endemic to the Philippines. That plus its inclusion of strawberries, yuzu tonic, and black pepper bitters make it a crisp drink that you’ll want to take with you on your next beach trip.
Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Chili’s is known for its margaritas, and the frozen strawberry one is a fresh, fruity take on their classic recipe. While the restaurant is a family friendly place, you and your friends will still have a lot of fun pregaming there before you go on your bar-hopping rounds.
Brunching with your girlfriends? Forget the mimosa and go for this strawberry bellini at Wildflour. The sparkling drink is a refreshing way to start your day and will definitely complement the breakfast croissant and eggs benedict you ordered. Just try not to have more than one.
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