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Summer Cocktails from the hottest new gin all the way from the Philippines, Santa Ana

Enjoy the last of the summer with Santa Ana Gin. Whether it’s a small garden soiree or a casual beach BBQ, Santa Ana covers all beverage bases for those warm nights we still have left of this season.

Santa Ana, a new gin inspired by the inimitable dancehall days of 1920s Manila and its crown jewel, the legendary Santa Ana Cabaret, unveiled in March. Set amidst the splendour of the Philippine Art Deco Movement, Santa Ana Cabaret was a musical playground for Manileños of the time and its new, namesake gin evokes the glamour and decadence of this unforgettable era.

Distilled in the Charente region of France to extract four native Philippine botanicals: Ylang Ylang, Alpinia, Calamansi and Dalandan, Santa Ana’s combination of delicate floral top notes and a fresh tropical citrus palate complements the seven traditional botanicals (including Juniper, Bitter Orange, Angelica and Orris Roots, Fennel) used in the gin, to create a richly exotic taste profile. The Philippines, as one of the worlds’ biodiversity hot spots, has a range of flora and fauna quite unique in the world, including Santa Ana’s signature botanical Ylang-Ylang, also used as the main ingredient in luxury perfumes such as the iconic Chanel No. 5.

A rich, illustrious part of Philippine history includes the emergence of Manila as a hub of entertainment from the early 1910s to the 1940s. As worlds collided in early 1900s Manila, the post-Spanish colonisation era ushered in American administration and influence, sparking investment all over the city. A prominent part of this influence was illustrative in the growth of Manila as a great Art Deco city, with a notable contribution from the famed American architect Daniel Burnham, who designed many of Chicago’s most iconic Art Deco landmarks. His master plans for the overall development of Manila laid the groundwork for Manila as one of the great Art Deco cities.

Below are a couple of summer cocktail suggestions from Santa Ana:

The French 75

Originally known as the 75, this Harry McElhone classic first appeared around World War I in Paris at the New York Bar. The combination of ingredients was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, giving this cocktail its famed name.


45ml Santa Ana Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

20ml Simple Syrup


The Gin & Tonic

As the band warms up, slide into the mood with the signature Santa Ana Gin & Tonic. Tall, crisp, and refreshing, this classic combination perfectly highlights the Philippine floral and citrus notes of Santa Ana Gin.


30ml Santa Ana Gin

Fentimans Naturally Light Tonic Water


Santa Ana is available to buy at Master of Malt RRP – £29.90 Follow @santaanagin

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