Boracay in Beverages

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Earlier this year, I bet my entire reputation as an educated alcoholic to a nice lady in Rheims that Boracay is THE best beach on earth.

OK, I know I promised I would never turn my site into a travel blog, but as I sought inspiration from the gorgeous sand and sunset of Boracay, it hit me: One can actually talk about Boracay with its beverages.

First, let’s start with the obvious staples: San Miguel Beer, its cousins Red Horse and Gold Eagle Beer in varying sizes, and the ripe mango shake… In my opinion, these are tourist attractions in their own right.

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Thai Basil’s Pineapple Basil Pleasure

Now, each of the dozens of bars in Boracay would normally have their own cocktails. While I wasn’t able to try every single one for this trip (three days of non-stop drinking will kill anybody’s liver), the legendary Weng-Weng from Guilly’s is something I can remember (okay, barely… I blame it on the alcohol). For my trip last week, I made an amazing discovery in Thai Basil restaurant in D’Mall. The cocktails are signature concoctions of Suzy, a fabulous German lady whose artistry translated to these one-of-a-kind beverages. I instantly became a huge fan of their creamy, refreshing Pineapple Basil Pleasure. This drink is made out of pineapple, basil, coconut, almond milk, and ginger. Yum!

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Jonah’s Mango Fruit Shake

Speaking of shakes, Jonah’s Fruitshake has always been a LEGEND in Boracay since… Well, forever. Adding to the charm of their many variations of fruit shake flavors is that they continually serve it in little recycled water bottles. I normally have the strawberry mango flavored one every time I visit.

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Lakas ng Lakan

Of course, Boracay isn’t all about staying sober (I’m sure party-philes reading this entry are about to doze off). Interestingly enough, they have launched a premium version of the proudly Filipino liver-killer/memory-eradicator lambanog. Banned in some countries for questionable distillation methods, this only-for-the-brave, 90 proof alcohol is distilled from pure coconut nectar. This premium lambanog is aptly named “Lakan”, after the Philippines’ pre-hispanic tribe rulers. And why not, the strength of the Lakan can equal the strength of this alcohol.

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Singing “Mr. Brightside” in a Karaoke Bar

For the even more adventurous, do try to join the PubCrawl groups every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. This tour gets you in 4 bars and 1 club, 10 free shooters, a shirt, a shot glass… All you need to have good, drunken fun in the beach party capital of the world (and meet friends). You can log on to their website at http://www.pubcrawl.ph for more details.

So there you have it, Boracay as told through drink glasses. Let me know your other amazing Boracay beverage adventures. Cheers!

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