World Gin Day: A Spirited Celebration Spanning the Philippines and the UK

Dusit Thani Hotel, Manila — Gin enthusiasts around the city came together on World Gin Day, hosted by The British Chamber of Commerce, to raise their glasses and celebrate the cheerful and illustrious spirit that has overcome the test of time. An array of UK and Philippine gins was sampled at the event—notably: Cambridge Distillery, Spirit of Trent, Maidstone Distillery, The House of Elrick, Little Gin and Rum Co, Jensen’s Bermondsey Gin, Ginebra’s San Miguel’s 1834 Premium Distilled Gin and more.

While attendees were able to whet their appetites with over 17 different gins, this juniper-infused elixir was fused in a variety of ways by mixologists who blended the unique flavour profiles of the UK and the Philippines, exploring the unique gin cultures and traditions of these two countries.

World Gin Day British Chamber of Commerce
BCCP – Vice Chair Anne McLeod, BCCP Events Committee Head Chris Ward, William Bailey

Recently, the Philippines has embarked on a renaissance in craft distilling, honing into gin delectably crafted in speakeasies usually showcasing flavour profiles such as calamansi, used by Manille Gin, pomelo, sampaguita ( the country’s national flower) and even mango, to produce unique and vibrant gins that delight the palate.

The Philippine gin scene has evolved into an experience that delights the senses with the creation of unique-gin-based cocktails, as cleverly exhibited by the three mixologists ( Frances Ang of The Marriot Hotel, Joe Hary Delfin of Dusit Thani Manila, and Clayton Munar of The Crimson Hotel Group) who competed in a friendly cocktail mix-off featuring 1834 Gin, Tea Therapy Botanicals, Vida Sparkling Water and Yobick Philippines for their British-inspired creations, much to the thrill of onlookers that attended that night. Aside from that, a raffle commenced during the program, and lucky winners were treated to various fun prizes, such as a free stay at Vivere Hotels and new products from Zion Massage chairs. At the same time, trays of delicious food were generously provided by the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel.

Since the Philippines and the UK have a similar core that revolves around laughter, music, and camaraderie, gin has become a delightful companion to these joyous moments – according to Deputy Ambassador Of The UK to The Philippines, Alastair White, ‘ It’s exciting to see how our countries can interact effectively with each other.’

As World Gin Day is embraced by enthusiasts worldwide, the love for this versatile spirit transcends geographical boundaries. Gin’s diverse botanical blend opens the doors to boundless creativity in mixology, allowing bartenders and home enthusiasts alike to craft a myriad of delightful concoctions.

HM Deputy Ambassador Of The UK To The Philippines, Alistair White

In the Philippines and the UK, gin connects people from all walks of life. It sparks conversations, fosters friendships, and brings joy to ordinary moments. Whether it’s the vibrant atmosphere of a Filipino gin bar or the refined elegance of a British gin tasting, the celebration of gin is an opportunity to experience the heart and soul of each country’s culture.