DISCOVER THE WORLD CLASS 50

The definitive guide to the finest drinking experiences

The World Class 50: The Definitive Drinking Guide features 50 of the most innovative and talented bartenders from across the globe. Each bartender showcases the perfect location, the most inventive cocktail and the finest of ingredients and spirits that define the 'must have' fine drinking experience in their city.

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Allanking Roxas’ Public Enemy

Allanking Roxas represented the Philippines at the World Class Bartender of the Year final, 2013.

Dillingers 1903 is a modern take on a Prohibition-style bar recreated in the Greenbelt retail area of Makati, the commercial hub of Metropolitan Manila. The venue takes its name from the notorious US gangster, and all round colourful bad boy of the Depression era, John Dillinger (who was born in 1903, hence the number too). It is a moodily-lit hideaway, a modern space that, fitted out with bookcases and dark wood panels, conjures up the ghost of the 1930s speakeasy. But this is no den of ill repute, rather a restaurant that serves up steak and international cuisine, accompanied by full flavoured cocktails.

The Bartender

Allanking Roxas, 41, is the bar supervisor at Dillingers 1903. He has worked in the industry for 18 years and has an expansive CV under his belt that takes in bustling bars, top-notch hotels, fine-dining restaurants and cruise ships. He lists cocktail guru David Wondrich (www.davidwondrich.com) among those who inspire him and believes that you need a good knowledge of the classics before you can create new drinks. Such innovations are anchored by excellent base spirits and often utilise Filipino ingredients. ‘To be a good bartender you have to love the craft,’ Allanking believes, ‘and always keep your mind open to new ideas.’

The Drink

The name Public Enemy ties in with Prohibition-era, FBI’s Most Wanted theme of Dillingers 1903, though there’s nothing frightening about it. In fact it’s a delicious blend that picks up the sweet citrus notes of the Cîroc vodka and matches them to refreshing lemon, honey and ginger to give a sweet and clean taste. For this particular drink Allanking makes a syrup from honey, known for its purity and high quality, from the beautiful Philippine island of Palawan.

The Technique

Cîroc • 40ml
Fresh lemon juice • 20ml
Palawan honey syrup • 15ml
Fresh ginger • 2 slices
Contains 13 grams of alcohol per serve

Squeeze the ginger for its juice. Add all the ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake.

Pour into a chilled martini glass.

Set down your bags after an Imelda-style shopping spree in Makati and kick back in a dark corner of Dillingers 1903. Enjoy a steak and a delicious Public Enemy before heading out into the night.


Images by pepper.ph

Allanking’s Insider’s Guide to Manila

Place to stay
Shangri-La Makati

Place to relax
Boracay Island

Place to lounge
Bugsy’s Bar and Disco

Place to Dance
Republiq

Place to shop
Glorietta Mall

Place to visit
National Museum

Place to see
Rizal Park