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Travel back in time to 1920s Manila with these classy Santa Ana Gin cocktail recipes, each paired with its very own playlist

Picture this: Open plazas surrounded by intricate carruajes and roaring automobiles, and a spacious Escolta lined with tasteful art deco architecture. Grandiose ballrooms come alive as brazen dance hall patrons storm the floor, shaking the walls of the sultry cabaret next door. A time when dressing to the nines was all but expected, and the worries of tomorrow were washed away with each sip, swept aside with every waltz and charleston. Welcome to 1920s Manila, the luxurious golden era that inspires Santa Ana Gin.

The local-inspired liquor is a palatable ode to the romance and grandeur of the glamorous decade married with a distinctively Filipino personality. “Whilst some gins have gone down the route of more of a spiced and herbal profile, Santa Ana Gin has gone the floral and fruity route, and our Philippine botanicals lend themselves perfectly to gin cocktails” shares Aaron Goodall, the experienced bartender who serves as its brand ambassador. Sweet ylang-ylang, pungent alpinia, zingy calamansi, and tart dalandan are proudly showcased with every pour, brilliantly blending with the gin's earthy and herbal background as well as the traditional juniper berry notes that hallmark the liquor.

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The result? Classy beverages made memorable thanks to some Filipino flair. To further celebrate Manila’s golden era, Goodall has prepared four modernised iconic cocktail recipes imbued with the unique Santa Ana spirit, and paired each tipple with its very own playlist. “When curating each playlist three main areas were considered; the cocktail's history and origin, the ingredients used, and the desired response”, he illuminates. “Each playlist tells a narrative based on its respective drink, with the end-goal still for the listener to have a good time, and ultimately elevate one's cocktail experience.”

By engaging all the senses, you are immersed into “this glamorous world of art deco, jazz, dance, and of course, memorable botanicals”, Goodall intimates. “This is the world of Santa Ana Gin.”

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The Santa Ana Negroni

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Ingredients

  • 45ml Santa Ana Gin
  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml sweet vermouth

Glassware

  • Rocks glass

Method

Add ingredients in a mixing glass, and top with ice. Stir for 10-15 seconds to combine and chill the ingredients. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Zest and garnish with an orange twist.

Although each of the four cocktails boasts great history, perhaps none are as timeless as the Negroni, which recently celebrated its 100-year-old anniversary. While the traditional recipe calls for equal parts of each spirit, Goodall explains “our Santa Ana Negroni has a slightly higher gin ratio, which allows the vibrant ylang-ylang and citrus notes to balance nicely with the bittersweet notes found in the Campari and sweet vermouth.”

Find the Santa Ana Negroni playlist here.

The Santa Ana 75

Ingredients

  • 45ml Santa Ana Gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 20ml simple syrup
  • Champagne

Glassware

  • Chilled Champagne flute

Method

Add Santa Ana Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, and fill with ice. Shake for 15 seconds or so to combine and chill the ingredients. Now, double strain into a chilled Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Lastly, zest and garnish with a lemon twist.

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As its name suggests, the classic French 75 has its roots in Paris, France. Speaking on the potent cocktail that “[feels] like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun”, Goodall teases the drinking experience: “with this cocktail, you’ll find this effervescent and floral mix; notes of the Philippine citrus, the dryness of the Champagne, and that light bouquet of ylang-ylang, all bridging the glamourous, decadent worlds of East meets West, and 1920s meets 2020s.”

Find the Santa Ana 75 playlist here.

See also: The Tatler Dining Guide To Champagne

The Santa Ana Bee's Knees

Ingredients

  • 45ml Santa Ana Gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 20ml honey syrup

Glassware

  • Chilled Nick & Nora glass

Method

Add Santa Ana Gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup in a cocktail shaker, and fill with ice. Shake for 15 seconds or so to combine and chill the ingredients. Then double strain into chilled fizz coupe, and garnish with honeycomb crackle.

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Rumour has it, the Bee’s Knees was created to “mask the flavours from the poorly distilled ‘bathtub gins’” that were popular during the Prohibition. However, the cocktail showed tremendous promise, making its way to France where the beverage was refined into the delectable blend we know and love. For the Santa Ana take on the Bee’s Knees, Goodall used a local honey blend from BZZZ PH called Mountain Province, which “has a lighter profile with beautiful hints of citrus flowers, tying perfectly with the calamansi and dalandan notes found with Santa Ana Gin”.

Find the Santa Ana Bee’s Knees playlist here.

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The Manila Southside

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Ingredients

  • 45ml Santa Ana Gin
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 20ml simple syrup
  • Fresh mint

Glassware

  • Chilled cocktail coupe

Method

Add Santa Ana Gin, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with a handful of mint, and gently muddle to open the mint. Fill it up with ice, and shake for 15 seconds or so to combine and chill the ingredients. Then, strain it into a chilled cocktail coupe, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Certainly the most refreshing cocktail on the list, the Southside is a notably popular order that has invited numerous variations – however, gin, mint, and sugar were the non-negotiable ingredients. Using fresh, hydroponically-grown mint from local producer Urban Greens, Goodall observes “These crisp, bright notes of the mint, and tartness from the lime juice mix perfectly with the floral notes of the Santa Ana Gin, helping to make the Manila Southside a refreshing twist on a classic cocktail.”

Find the Santa Ana Manila Southside playlist here.

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