AGWA de Bolivia {and a Cranberry Buzz Cocktail}

Want to really create a buzz the next time you have company over? Well, we’ve got just the spirit for you. It’s called AGWA de Bolivia. It’s a coca herbal liqueur made from coca leaves and it’s totally legal (for those of you who are over 21). Intrigued? You should be. Go ahead, read on.

agwa de bolivia cocktail

About AGWA de Bolivia

As I mentioned already, AGWA de Bolivia is a herbal liqueur that is made with wild bolivian coca leaf along with 36 other natural herbs and botanicals including ginseng, green tea, lavender and guarana. The coca leaves are handpicked in Bolivia and then shipped to Amsterdam under armed guard where they are first decocainised. After that, they are infused with alcohol and the other ingredients to create this 60 proof liqueur.

agwa de bolivia review

Before I go any further, I just want to make sure that it’s clear that AGWA does not contain any cocaine. It’s approved by the E.U. (Narcotics commission approved), FDA (Food & Drugs administration) and TTB (Homeland security finished liquid & label approved).

Back to the booze… The color of AGWA is bright green, probably from the certified colors added to it. When frozen, it looks as if it’s glowing. On the nose, it’s herbal with notes of menthol and eucalyptus. As far as the taste, there is a lot going on with this liqueur. I’ve never tasted coca leaves so I can’t say what they taste like but AGWAstarts out being sweet with lemon/lime notes. After that the herbal flavors come through followed by spice.

agwa de bolivia shot

According to the company, when drinking AGWA with lime the various coca leaf alkaloids are supposed to be activated to mimic the “oxygen buzz” experienced when chewing coca leaves or drinking coca-leaf tea at high altitude in the Andes; it tunes you in. They call this the AGWABUZZ.

Where to buy AGWA de Bolivia

On AGWA’s website they have a list of places where you can find AGWA. I searched for it online at Bevmo! and could only find the sample bottles. I did find it listed at Drink up NY listed for $31.99 for a 750ml bottle.

agwa de bolivia cocktail recipe

AGWA de Bolivia cocktail recipes

The AGWA shot is said to be a favorite way to drink this liqueur. Simply pour frozen AGWA in a shot glass and serve with a lime wedge. It can also be used in various cocktails either as a mixer or to replace the main spirit. I used AGWA in a margarita in place of triple sec and found that enjoyable. I also liked it in the Cranberry Buzz cocktail recipe listed below.

Cranberry Buzz Cocktail
 
Enjoy AGWA de Bolivia in this Cranberry Buzz Cocktail.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce AGWA de Boliva
  • 1 ounce cranberry
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a rocks glass and stir.
  2. Add ice and enjoy.

 

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Note… I received a bottle of AWGA de Bolivia to review. I did not receive compensation and all thoughts, opinions, pictures and the recipe are my own.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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