Popular Filipino Drinks: Best Beverages For 2021

May 31, 2021

Interested to try out the lambanog, gulaman, halo-halo, and Barako coffee? Find out more about this in our exclusive list of popular Filipino drinks in today's post. You see, part of the reason why our team decided to work on this topic is that most of us are looking to entertain ourselves at home and are willing to try out different recipes from across the globe. One of the Asian countries with distinct refreshing beverages is the Philippines.

The Philippines is undeniably one of the countries with a lot to offer when it comes to tourism, its people, and its cuisines making it an ideal tourist destination for foreigners. It is actually the home to a number of islands and what sets it apart is the fact that almost every single place have their own delicious local specialties and amazing food.

Since it is a tropical country, you can already expect that almost everything that will be served to you will feature the taste of fresh fruits such as coconuts, strawberries, mangoes, calamansi, and pineapple. Since Pinoys have sweet tooth, you can also expect that almost all these are served cold with ice or made into shake coolers perfect for the summer weather. To make things extra interesting, some of these drinks also include a syrup of your choice, brown sugar, sago pearls (starch from palm trees similar to tapioca pearls), or condensed milk.

But of course, there is so much more to Filipino-style drinks that are sweet as there are also alcoholic options usually sold in bottles. If you are after Filipino drinks that are punchy, you'd definitely fall in love with the locally fermented wine such as tapuy, tuba, and basi perfect to be partnered with chicharon (deep-fried dried pork similar to the Spanish's chicharrón).

Before we get our mouths salivating with the idea of Filipino food and drinks, allow us to walk you through the top beverages that you might encounter at the international grocery section of your place or once you visit the Philippines. This article is divided into two: one will discuss the list of local drinks while the other one will be about the other popular beverages that the locals are usually downing.

Ready for that? Off we go!

Local Filipino Drinks

Filipinos are very particular about preserving their heritage, so this means that some of the concoctions have been influenced by certain details about the country. For instance, if you place to bar hop in Manila, you will probably hear alcoholic beverages named Mojito De Mayon (based on the Mayon Volcano), Panutsa (drink served with palm sugar), and Gin Pom Pi (calamansi-based drink).

Filipino DrinkWhat to expect
Halo-haloIt is a sweeet Filipino dessert featuring layers of sweet treats like candied beands, fruits, shave ice, ube, jackfruit, leche flan, nata de coco, and so much more!
Mais con hieloA version of halo-halo that makes use of crushed ice, corn kernels, milk, sugar, and syrup.
Sago't gulamanPerfect as a summer treat or regular drink, this drink combines classic gelatine, brown sugar, and palm stems in the form of pearls.
Buko pandanA cold Filipino dessert made of green jellies, young coconuts, buko pandan clafvoring, milk, and sweetened cream.
Buko juiceA cold drink served with some sugar and coconut milk. It is a perfect on-the-go beverage as it is known for its magnesium and calcium content.
Mango milkSince the Philippines is the home of sweet mangoes, you can see lots of mango juice variations being sold on the sidewallk. 
Kapeng barakoA locaclly grown coffee known for its distinct strong taste. The word barako refers to a strong person.
BasiLocally fermented alcoholic beverage made of sugarcane
Tapuy / TapueyFermented rice wine with alchol content of around 14%
Calamansi juiceFilipino drink that packs a sweet and sour taste from traditional Philippine grown limes.
LambanogA local drink made of coconut sap known for nearly 80% alcohol volume per bottle.
TubaSimilar to Lambanog but it also adds a bark of mangrove tree which turns it into a reddish color.
SalabatGinger tea commonly squeezed with lime. It is popular for its health benefits including curing cough, cold, and flu. 
Iskrambol Milk-based drink made with shaved ice, milk powder, marshmallows, and chocolate syrup
Strawberry wineA special wine only available in Baguio City, Philippines and is made of real strawberries.
Bignay wineA locally fermented wine known for its deep red hue and sweet taste since it is made of Filipino blackberries.

Other Popular Filipino Drinks

Of course, the Philippines is also a fanatic of other drinks that are also popular in other countries from across the world. This includes the following (we are also noting the basic ingredients for the recipes):

Drinks What to expect
TahoA Filipino-style drink usually sold in the mornings on the street. It is made of fresh silken tofu, tapioca pearls, and arnibal (sweeteners in English). 
Milk teaMilk tea is really popular and local brands try to add a number of Pinoy flavors.
Coffee frappeFilipinos are fanatics of coffee which is why there is no surprise that they like iced coled coffee with milk.
Beers / BirsThe mainstream beers include brands such as San Miguel, Red Horse, Tanduay, and Colt 45.
TeaWhile Filipinos love regular international tea brands, they also swear by unique Filipino-style tea like the Barako coffee in tea form, ginger tea, and coconut tea.
Fruit shakesSince the country is a tropical one, it includes fruity shakes with different flavors that are served with sinkers, nata de coco, and sago.

So, which among these Filipino drinks are you more interested to try? Traditional buko juice (coconut), gulaman, or the delicious and unique flavor of basi? No matter what it is, we bet that this is already making you truly excited to taste it all once you are here in the Philippines.

As you reach this part of the post, we hope that we have given you complete information on the Philippine drinks and that you do not have to search anymore. If you enjoyed this post, remember to share this on social media, and continue reading about the Tagalog language from our language posts only here at the Ling App.

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