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Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

Here's a new drink to consider next time you feel like imagining you are in the tropics, on a black sand beach, with a beautiful girl, getting plastered: VuQo. The Filipino coconut vodka had its U.S. launch this past weekend at CBS Studios. (Read more about it later this week in A Considerable Town.)

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin
Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

This girl was very popular with the cell phone and camera-wielding crowd.

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

VuQo Inc. marketing executive Giselle Arroyo with the VuQo girls.

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

The cheeseplate had this little person on it.

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

The lovely girl who greets you at the check-in table.

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

Silver-bikini girl, again.

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

Darion Basco (whose brother Dante Basco starred in filmmaker Gene Cajayon's The Debut) and his sister Arianna Basco. The boys sing and rap as The Basco Brothers.

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

A watermelon horse in the fruit plate.

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

This is the Pride Rice dance troupe. Or, part of them. The other (female) ingredients were on break.

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin
Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin

Potent little shots of paradise.

VuQo is made from lambanog, a fermented coconut moonshine. Lambanog is inexpensive to make, can go up to 166 proof (over 80 percent alcohol), and is known -- like grappa once was -- as a peoples' drink. In the Philippine market, there is a popular brand of store-bought lambanog called Orgy. I kid you not. See?

Filipino Vodka: Indigenous Drinks Go Stateside, At the U.S. Launch Party of VuQo, Crazy Dirty Lambanog Moonshine's Classier Cousin
Andrew Wong via Flickr

(Photo via Andrew Wong's One Drop Flickr page.)

It comes in flavors like Peppermint and Bubblegum, and if that doesn't make you queasy, I don't know what will.


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