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March 6, 2014

Pink Bomb

rumAndcalamansiWhen I was younger, my brother Casey loved to mix drinks for our barkada get-togethers. Some of his mainstay ingredients included vodka, rum, grenadine, and lime cordial. One, because they mix well with drinks, and two, they were affordable.

One of the barkada drinks was called a “Goblin Grenade”, which consisted of every clear liquor we could find mixed with grenadine. It packed a huge kick, both in flavor and alcohol.

One common mix I see is gin and lime cordial. Although I enjoy the lime flavor, I find it too artificial tasting to enjoy it. Manille Liqueur de Calamansi has a distinct profile that is just the right amounts of sweet and citrus.

You can replace the soda water for Sprite or 7-Up, but it will change the flavor profile. Soda water is neutral and allows the calamansi flavor to come through.

This formula is good for one drink.


  • ice to fill glass

  • 1 shot (45 milliliters) dark rum, such as Tanduay Dark Rhum

  • 1 shot (45 milliliters) calamansi flavored liqueur, such as Manille Liqueur de Calamansi

  • ½ cup (120 milliliters) soda water


  1. Get a glass. Fill it with ice.

  2. Pour in rum and calamansi liqueur. Add soda water. Gently mix with a swizzle stick to preserve the bubbles.

  3. Serve immediately and enjoy!


White rum can be used to replace dark rum if anyone is allergic. The color will be a light yellow, and is called a Light Bomb.


Photo by Louise Hagedorn


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