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Pancho Villa

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Pancho Villa

This easy-drinking, semi-tropical cocktail, which originates in Charles H. Baker’s 1939 book A Gentleman’s Companion, is the Philippines’ answer to a Singapore Sling. Named after Francisco Villaruel Guilledo, a Filipino flyweight boxing champ who went by the name “Pancho Villa,” the original drink went heavy on the gin and fruit liqueurs. Manila native Marlo Gamora’s version, which he developed for the East Village Filipino restaurant Jeepney, is a more rum-centric endeavor, with dialed-in proportions to better calibrate the sour and the sweet.
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