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The Intoxicating Taste of Strawberries

The Tongue Twister

Truth be told, I never got into the habit of drinking socially.  For one thing, I rarely saw my parents drinking alcohol when I was younger.  Occasional gin-and-tonics and wine on special occasions were just about it.  For another, once I was old enough to actually go drinking with friends, I couldn’t see the point about getting plastered.  To sip wine and cocktails to relax is one thing, but to get blinding drunk is a completely different thing altogether – and the effects are neither elegant nor pretty.

That said, I agree with the experts that moderation is the key to the proper enjoyment of wine, beer, cocktails, and just about any inebriating beverage known to man.  Plus, I believe in the quality over quantity concept: a very good bev sipped slowly is a lot better than inferior booze gulped down by the gallon.

One such tipple is this strawberry wine from the northern provinces.  We received a bottle of the stuff over the Holidays and all of us at home agree that it smells very nice: like walking through a berry patch at harvest time.  It is quite sweet, but even a small sip packs quite a punch so I really don’t recommend drinking a full or even half glass.  In fact, I’d recommend taking it as a shot or mixed with a non-alcoholic fizz that can bring out the very best in it.

That said, if you should find yourself lucky enough to get a bottle of strawberry wine, this little concoction made with ginger ale may prove to be a delightful sipper.  I call it the Tongue Twister because it’s quite tingly on the tongue – and seriously bound to cause incoherent babbling if overindulged. 😉

Tongue Twister

  • 1 part strawberry wine
  • 6 parts ginger ale
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Place the ice cubes in an 8oz. glass.  Pour over the strawberry wine and top up with ginger ale.  Stir briskly, then serve.

Makes 1.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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