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

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Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 6:24 AM

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.)

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

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

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The cheeseplate had this little person on it.

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

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Silver-bikini girl, again.

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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.

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A watermelon horse in the fruit plate.

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

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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?

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(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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