Our Final Toast: Inspired by F. Sionil Jose’s ViajeroJune 17, 2020
Maybe it’s the state of politics today, or maybe it’s us being proud of our roots. But lately, internet talk has been all about our prolific national heroes and artists. In a toast to our history, we decided to partner up with ABV and craft some cocktails in honor of a few of our famous figures, dreaming up what they might have been drinking if they were in the bars of today. Here’s the last in our series The Drinks of Great Men: Pen and Paper, a liquid version of controversial figure F. Sionil Jose’s iconic novel Viajero.
There may not be a lot of fans of F. Sionil José lately, but there’s no denying that the man and his bibliography, mostly on class struggles and Filipino society, are iconic. Instead of focusing on his life, ABV’s Lloyd Misagal chose one of his most famous works, Viajero, as the inspiration behind this cocktail.
The libation is based on the journey of Viajero’s protagonist, Salvador de La Raza, and his possible emotions on his epic voyage. For the bittersweet goodbye, a sugary bar spoon of lambanog, and orange bitters; for the sour, a clear pear brandy. And in an ode to the African-American head of the military in the novel, James Wack, a dose of Very Old Captain Rum.