In 1922, American philanthropist Elsie Gaches published a cookbook called Good Cooking and Health in the Tropics to raise money for the American Guardian Association in Manila, which cared for orphaned American children in the Philippines.[1] The cookbook featured a recipe for the Malacañan Cocktail, which, according to food historian Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, was “perhaps a true favorite at the Palace.”[2]

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The cookbook also included non-alcoholic temperance drinks, which were served at “Protestant socials and tempered Malacañan parties where shy, delicate Filipinos shunned anything stronger than muscatel or champagne.”[3] One such drink was Malacañan Punch, which derived its spirit from Apollinaris, a German sparkling water, rather than alcohol.

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Endnotes

[1] Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, The Governor-General’s Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Period Recipes 1521-1935 (Mandaluyong City: Anvil Publishing, 2006), p. 257.

[2] Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, The Governor-General’s Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Period Recipes 1521-1935 (Mandaluyong City: Anvil Publishing, 2006), p. 180.

[3] Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, The Governor-General’s Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Period Recipes 1521-1935 (Mandaluyong City: Anvil Publishing, 2006), p. 180.