Representatives of Agwa de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liqueur are quick to clarify that the drink does not contain cocaine; they blame the media for the hype. When the drink first appeared in Toronto in 2000, Agwa's maker released a press statement in which Babco International North American Vice President Andrew Stodart said, "Claims that Agwa contains cocaine are false . . . Agwa's cocaine-in-a-bottle reputation did not come from Babco. The coca leaf spirit drink contains no actual cocaine but has been reported to induce a more interesting effect than traditional spirits by consumers and the press in various countries."

Simultaneously, the marketing campaigns behind Agwa have clearly played off the faux blow angle. Slogans have included "Alco-Jolt," "Melts in your mouth, not in your nose," and "lqdblo." South American natives are said to chew raw coca leaves with lime to release the cocaine alkaloids from the leaf, and many Agwa drink recipes include limes or lime powder. One marketing kit even included an Agwa de Bolivia mirror, vials of lime powder, and straws.

Regional Agwa distributor Rich Naegeli admits the props are as much fun as the drink.

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Shady's owner Brad Henrich has created dozens of drink recipes using Agwa.
Jamie Peachey
Shady's owner Brad Henrich has created dozens of drink recipes using Agwa.
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Jamie Peachey
Jamie Peachey

"I have a neighbor that's an ex-Tempe cop," Naegeli says. "And I've got him to where he loves Agwa, and one day he came down to the house and I had the mirror on the table and everything all set out, and he said, 'Rich, what're you doing?' and I said, 'Wanna do a lime with me?'

"And he asked to borrow the mirror because he was having a party with his cop friends and wanted to have the mirror on the table to kind of freak them out.

"That's the fun thing. You can play with it. You can be as bad boy as you want with it, or as innocent as you want with it."

But, no, it won't get you high. Not really.

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Rmshepherd
Rmshepherd

Tryed it with my wife last weekend and omg liked it. I'm a j├Ąger and absinthe kinda guy and after years of honing my drinking skills know the exact feel-good level Of both. Enter the agwa, however, new ball game. Better buzz oh yeah

One4u2nv32
One4u2nv32

Ive had agwa a few different times and absolutely love it. I never have a hangover the next day and it isn't that bad to just take a straight shot of. I've found it goes good with Lime Jello and Tropical fusion jello.

tommypayne
tommypayne

I had loads of this on Saturday and im still feeling terrible today (Monday). Not recommended for people with stomach acid issues.

Bbagkdfkj
Bbagkdfkj

OMG what the heck. This is not healthy

John
John

This article is really poorly researched. Nowhere did they mention that Agwa contains a really strong dose of Caffeine and Guarana. This is on the front page of their website if you cared to look.

If you drink four shot of it you might as well have downed for expresso shots. Stayed up till 4 am? I would be if I have that much coffee at night.

And cocaines effect doesn't last long in the body, when you ingest by mouth it will last 30 minutes, maybe an hour tops. So no sleepless nights from that either. It's not the coca in Agwa that is getting people high, it's the caffeine.

Micele
Micele

Coca liquor with coca leaves without cocaine... aaarrgggg!!!-sorry-

rodat6
rodat6

I have been around since 1942 and lead a fairly active life. Those whose drug of choice is alcohol basically do not hold up well, they usually die off much faster than those who do not drink alcohol. For one our blood vessels are not fuel line rated and tend to dry out and harden and another the favorite food of alcohol is liver without the onion, human liver to be exact.

Strangely enough, Alcohol is advertised over television, radio, billboards and other media to us and our children. Alcohol is addictive, very addictive. Millions are spent trying to entice more people to become hooked.

Pot is not advertised and neither is it addicting, it is classed as a felony even after the majority of voters approved it for medical reasons two years in a row and both times our vote was ignored. What word comes to your mind to describe this non action?

If you want the dark syrup from the leaf that used to contain the cocaine alkaloid, drink Coca-Cola, same difference but without the damaging alcohol. Your body will thank you and you will live a better, more aware life.

Rodat6

kidcapri23
kidcapri23

Just tried this. 41 bucks for a bottle at Topps. I'm not a big drinker at all. I had 3 shots on an empty stomach after working about 10 hours. It brought me up a bit, but really nothing too crazy. The experience was not at all like the article described, maybe those folks were into meth or simply dehydrated.

Save your cash, folks. The fact that I and others paid good money for this green shit goes to show you how far this stupid economy has yet to fall.

neutrino666
neutrino666

this stuff is weak, simply a lighter sweeter jagermeister for fags and tards who 'think' they are getting *high* but are too afraid to ever have the real thing.

the story about running around and acting funny reminds me of 13 year olds getting 'buzzed' from smoking cigarettes.

serioulsy... i have drank almost an entire .750l (fifth) and it took at least 6 shots to say I felt anything beyond the normal buzz after the first shot. and it really just puts me to sleep, and give me headache if I drink any other alcohol.

but then again... I smoke and drink alot...

silver pickle
silver pickle

i want to hurt myself. im thinking of cutting myself with a razor and then masterbating until i die.

Gary Graves
Gary Graves

Marcy -- sounds like you need a few shots of Agwa.

Great story! Kudos for breaking the news on this tasty booze.

marcy85022
marcy85022

BTW, it took them all of 7 months from the date of their home purchase till they got their notice of foreclosure. And that isn't all, in 2005 they managed to get slapped with a $2,500 judgement.

Once a deadbeat, always a deadbeat.

Marcy85022
Marcy85022

Maybe if Robyn and Chuckie spent less time partying and getting high they wouldn't have stiffed their home lender in 2000 and been foreclosed on.

 
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