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Philippine distillers praise coconut vodka

Tapper Eugenio Andaya pours his harvest of coconut sap to be used to make Philippine vodka in Tayabas, Quezon. Photo: AFP

With their huge copper vats and open fires, little-known backyard liquor makers have toiled for generations on Philippine coconut farms to distil their equivalent of Russian vodka.

Monday, 7 January, 2013, 4:26am

Perfect match

Perfect match

Getting fish maw egg foo yung right depends on the quality of the maw (the swim bladder) and timing. If overcooked, the maw will lose its succulence, and if it's not up to scratch then you'll end up with a watery mess. The end result should be all about subtlety.

30 Aug 2012 - 6:57pm

Import duty a case for concern

Despite the industry tirelessly lobbying for import duties on spirits to be either axed in line with the arrangements for wine, or at least reduced from the present painful 100 per cent according-to-value rate, there seems little immediate prospect of such a concession being granted.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Importers see top-shelf vodka as the next golden goose

Hong Kong's wave of interest in fine wines has inspired entrepreneurs to import more sophisticated vodkas in the hope of creating a climate of connoisseurship around the spirit.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am


The insight that 'knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad' is widely attributed to Miles Kington, the late British newspaper columnist who wrote with wit and originality on a variety of subjects, but not extensively on rhubarb.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Where to launch a fancy dragon-themed vodka (in the Year of the Dragon)? Dragon-i, of course

No stranger to ostentatious parties, Dragon-i was the place to be last week for the launch of Royal Dragon's new vodka collection. As the Jamie Foxx party anthem Blame it (On the Alcohol) aptly echoed into the wee hours, partygoers included model Ana Rivera, restaurateur Bonnie Gokson, fashion blogger Denise Lai, Cove and Zue Overly, Nisa Huber and Olivia Buckingham.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Cinema-goers swap popcorn for vodka cocktails - and end up on the big screen themselves

Following the success of its film screenings and exhibition last year, vodka brand Grey Goose is continuing its Lovers of Film Series this year. The programme started with a VIP screening of the award-winning film A Simple Life on Friday night at the UA cinema in Tsim Sha Tsui's iSquare mall.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

My sweet pear

Although Aqua sells plenty of cocktails it's a refined sort of place so don't expect to see any jugs.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rarity for cognac lovers

Although wine remains the principal focus of the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair, spirits are an increasingly important element of the show.

An extensive range exhibited this year includes whisky, vodka, grappa, absinthe and even a rare bottle of Dupuy 1940 Cognac. That bottle, priced at HK$111,000, is one of only two in the world and can be bought at the fair.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


G/F, 24-30 Ice House Street, Central Tel: 2810 9902

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cocktails get weird: leather-infused vodka, anyone?

Mixologist Antonio Lai Chun-nam will excite some girls tonight at the launch of his first molecular cocktail recipe book, in the Scandinavian restaurant and bar Finds. The award-winning barman has prepared some leather-infused vodka, using the same leather used to make Hermes handbags. 'It's perfectly safe to drink.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


43-55 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2840 1955

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Skin show

The yuzu is an odd citrus fruit. When fresh, it isn't pretty - it looks dry and shrivelled compared with plump, heavy and glossy skinned oranges, lemons and limes. When you cut a yuzu open, it seems almost entirely filled with seeds and is not juicy. Still, it's a popular fruit because of its distinctive, delicate and delicious taste.

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Beauty Flash can make HK proud at Yasuda Kinen

The Tony Cruz-trained Beauty Flash has all the attributes necessary to land a third Hong Kong win in the Group One Yasuda Kinen (1,600m) today.

The four-year-old has surprised his trainer with just how well he has taken to the travelling caper, and Beauty Flash (Felix Coetzee) looks in super order going to this test.

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

On the shelf

You probably wouldn't want to spoon any of The Wine and Truffle Company's latest honey product into your tea: it would be a waste of an expensive ingredient and the taste would be awful. Made with hazelnuts, honey and truffle oil, the honey is delicious with salty cheese - especially parmesan or pecorino, because the flavours in the honey complement the cheese.

10 Jan 2010 - 12:00am