I was at a post-Christmas party in Makati when the host, my photographer friend, Dix, asked me if I wanted liquor in a tetra pak. Curious, I got the strawberry margarita flavor from the cooler. The label read: “14 proof, 7% alc. by vol. 18+ For adults only.”
Note: My face turns red after just a shot (Asian flush!), so I was buzzed after drinking one serving. It wasn’t the tequila talking, but I just had to meet the siblings who brought the boxes of tequila tetra paks to the party. Clifford, Aaron, and Brandon Aw of Destileria Limtuaco told me they named the drink “Gaz” in reference to gassing up your vehicle before a trip.
Travel-sized liquor tetra packs aren’t exactly new. They’ve been sold in countries like the US for the past few years, but this is my first time to see a Philippine-made version.
With college kids and road trippers as their target market, they’re planning to release Gaz (pun intended) to the market before summer hits Manila in April. I took home a box and served them to my college-aged cousins on New Year’s Day. The beer pong champs of that party gave Gaz their thumbs up. I can see this drink being a hit at music festivals and beaches.
I have about a dozen Gaz packs left in my fridge. Who wants to try?