When I first opened the package of Agwa de Bolivia and started reading the materials I felt like I should be keeping an eye out for the DEA. Agwa is made from coca leaves (yeah, like the ones that make cocaine) that are picked in Bolivia and transported, under armed guard, to Amsterdam. Once there, the leaves have their cocaine removed and the leaves are then distilled into Agwa liqueur.
So, what does 40 grams of coca leaves per bottle taste like? Kinda herbal, not surprisingly. I’d describe the flavor as a mix of green tea and mint. The flavor is light and quite refreshing. The color is bright lime green and the aroma is vegetal and herbal. The flavor is this liqueur is definitely unique. Wanting to make a cocktail with it I decided to give it a try in a mojito.
Agwa Mojito (Cocktail Hacker)
1 oz White Rum 1 oz Agwa de Bolivia 1/2 Lime, Quartered 6-8 Mint Leaves Soda Water
1) Muddle the lime and mint leaves 2) Add the Agwa and rum 3) Top with soda water
The herbal and mint flavors of the Agwa combine very well with the muddled fresh mint resulting in a refreshing and complex cocktail. In addition to the flavor, the green color of this drink is striking. An interesting twist on a classic that I’d try again if for no other reason than the story. If you’re interested in something simpler you can drink this as a shot. Bite a slice of lime then drink the Agwa. I’m not a big shot person but this combo was pretty good.
So, there you have it. If you’d like to change up your coca intake or start a new habit, Agwa has you covered.
† The product reviewed here was provided to me as a free sample. If you’re wondering what that means check out my sample policy.