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.)
This girl was very popular with the cell phone and camera-wielding crowd.
VuQo Inc. marketing executive Giselle Arroyo with the VuQo girls.
The cheeseplate had this little person on it.
The lovely girl who greets you at the check-in table.
Silver-bikini girl, again.
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.
A watermelon horse in the fruit plate.
This is the Pride Rice dance troupe. Or, part of them. The other (female) ingredients were on break.
Potent little shots of paradise.
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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?
(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.