Top 5 cocktail recipes: Make your own | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Whiskey Sour
Mike Canlas


As promised, here are the recipes for the cocktails served at my recent birthday party by my favorite mixologist, Mike Canlas.


I hail his gin and tonic as one of the best I’ve ever savored. It goes down fine—with no lingering bitterness.



Pick only the finest ingredients.


Choose the best-quality liquor, a brand that satisfies you, if you were to drink it neat.


Use only fresh fruit juices, if possible. It always makes the drink taste better.


Make your own syrups, too, if you can. This way, you are in control of the sweetness and intensity of flavors, altering it to your satisfaction.


Good-quality mixers play a major role. They help produce pristine-tasting drinks.


A drink must be visually exciting. Garnish the drink creatively with fresh ingredients and the right ones. What you put in the glass must complement the beverage.


The proper proportion and ratio will dictate whether you have an exceptional or mediocre drink. There are rules and measures to follow but don’t let them limit you.


Feel free to express yourself through the cocktails you make. Who knows, you might invent a new cocktail!


Gin & Tonic


60 ml gin

1-2 lemon wedges

90 ml tonic water


Pour ingredients in a glass with ice. Stir for 5 seconds.


Garnish with lemon wedge, cucumber ribbon slice, green apple slices.


Tips: Get good gin and high-quality tonic water. We used Roku Gin at my party. Other suggested brands are Hendricks and The Botanist.




45 ml vodka citron

30 ml triple sec

15 ml lime juice

45 ml cranberry juice


Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel and cherries.


Tips: A good-quality vodka should be smooth and odorless.


Substitute Grand Marnier for triple sec for a richer, cleaner orange flavor. Use cranberry juice that is not too watered down.


Suggested vodka brands:  Grey Goose and Absolut Citron


Whiskey Sour


Whiskey Sour


60 ml bourbon whiskey

30 ml lemon juice

1 egg white

15 ml simple syrup


Dry shake (shake without ice) lemon juice, egg white and syrup in a shaker to create a very smooth and frothy texture for a fuller mouth feel.


Pour whiskey in an old-fashioned glass with ice.


Garnish with lemon wheel and cherry.


Tips: Good bourbon or rye whiskey. Everything must be fresh (fresh egg whites and fresh lemon juice).


Suggested bourbon brands: Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark.






60 ml bourbon/rye whiskey

30 ml sweet vermouth

Dash of bitters


Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and pour onto a chilled martini glass or champagne bowl.


Tips: Vermouth is not very easy to come by. It is not a commonly used liquor locally. Mike suggested that if you come across some good-quality ones, buy them. Choose one that has a deep red color to make a better colored cocktail.


Suggested bourbon brands:  Jim Beam, Wild Turkey


Tom Collins


45 ml gin

30 ml lemon juice

15 ml simple syrup

Soda water


Fill glass with ice cubes, pour gin, lemon juice and simple syrup then stir for 5 seconds. Top up with soda water.


Tips: Use a nice gin with good botanicals, a nice simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice.


Suggested brands: Hendricks, The Botanist


Mike Canlas, tel. 09209624527

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.