The coca leaf has a long and storied history dating back thousands of years. From its use by Bolivian farmers for its energy giving properties to its use in the production of cocaine, the coca leaf is surrounded in a mysticism of attention and controversy. And adding to the fun, it’s also distilled for consumption as Agwa de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liqueur by Amsterdam’s BABCO Europe Ltd. From the company –
To make the spirit, wild Bolivian coca leaves are hand-picked at 2,000 meters in the Andes and shipped under armed guard in 2,000 kilo bales to Amsterdam to be macerated and de-cocainized. The potent high strength flavor formula is reduced to 60 proof, bottled and then shipped around the world in a more conventional format.
Aside from Bolivian coca leaves, Agwa contains many other natural herbs and botanicals including green tea, ginseng, and guarana. The coca leaf has its cocaine alkaloids removed during production, so the liqueur does not contain any traces of the drug.
Following are a couple cocktail recipes from Agwa de Bolivia, to be mixed up during the holidays, while alone on the couch, or wherever you find yourself wanting a drink –
1.5 ounces AGWA de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liqueur
12 spearmint leaves
7 ounces club soda
2 teaspoons sugar
In a large glass, gently crush mint leaves. Squeeze lime juice over crushed leaves, then add sugar and ice. Next, add Agwa and club soda, and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and tiny pieces of mint leaves.
2.5 ounces AGWA de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liquor
2 ounces Citron Vodka
Squeeze of Lime Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with olives.
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Agwa can be purchased online and shipped anywhere in the U.S. via www.shoppersvineyard.com.