Attending an interactive tour of cocktails in the most prestigious hotel and entertainment center in the country, Solaire Resort and Casino was indeed an extra-ordinary experience for me.
The rainy weather plus the cold ambiance inside Solaire made it more perfect to digest the art of making mixed drinks called Mixology. I even wanted to sipped on my perfect drink, but before the blending begun, we were introduced to Solaire mixologist, Ryan Neil Dela Cueva.
Mr. Dela Cueva, honed his expertise in mixology for seven years in Dubai. It was also Ryan who familiarized us on cocktail tools and thought us how to pack a cocktail. As a starter, we made the Duchess with mango and pomegranate espuma or foam.
With Duchess, you can taste the barrel-aged whisky, a bit bitter, but the mango and pomegranate espuma leaves a sweet sensation on the tongue. How to make the Duchess? Just mix all these liquid.
Margarita is the most common among lady’s drink immortalized by tequila, lime juice and cointreau. What amazes me in this mix was the making of Agave caviar pearl. It’s a liquid mix that solidifies when soaked in water. The pearls even made the Margarita exquisite and enticing to consume.
Smoked Russian is definitely for men. The taste is more masculine with the combination of smoked vodka and infused tobacco kahlua. That cinnamon stick added twist to the drink and leaves a lasting taste on the mouth.
A bitter and sweet concoction, Aged Negroni, was a combination of Campari, Campano Antica and Hendricks gin. Notice the orange ice ball inside? To make the ice ball, you’ll gonna need a Japanese machine worth half a million pesos.
Not your ordinary cocktail. This is how I described Cocktail Spheres made by Mr. Dela Cueva. How he made it drew my attention and curiosity. In fact, I do love this cocktail as it exploded in my mouth.
The fun in mixing drinks continued when we were allowed to make our own cocktail. Just imagine how many drinks can we invent using variety of alcoholic beverages.
Of course, I’m sharing to you our own concoction of tequila, cranberry juice, mint, tonic water and a slice of orange. They said it tasted more like an orange juice, lolz.
Our group picture with Solaire Mixology Team, lifestyle and food bloggers after the educational session.
The mixology session was held at Finestra, a fine dining restaurant in Solaire that offers authentic Italian dishes.
Finestra not only caters to gourmet pizza and pasta, it also houses thousands of bottles of internationally known wines, brandy, gin, whisky and beer, name it.
Aside from Finestra you can also enjoy your choice of cocktails in the following restaurants and bars inside Solaire
1) STRIP – Solaire signature Steakhouse that also houses thousands of bottles of wine, including the most expensive in the world.
2) RED LANTERN – offers authentic Cantonese cuisine
3) YAKUMI – perfect for Japanese food lovers. The haven of fresh seafoods.
4) DRAGON BAR – caters drink and snack to casino players
5) ECLIPSE BAR and LOUNGE – makes variety of cocktails. It has live entertainment for party-goers
Whenever you want to drink and relax, head on to Solaire Resort and Casino at #1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo, Paranaque City. It is strategically located near SM Mall of Asia; Makati City; Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.