Lambanog, The Philippine Vodka
Lambanog is a Philippine alcoholic beverage, that has been dubbed "the Philippine Vodka", due to the similarities in looks and taste of the Russian Vodka. It is well known for its potency and high alcohol content of 80 and 90 proof. Lambanog distilleries are mostly from Quezon province of Luzon, Philippines. In this region of the Philippines coconut trees are very much abundant, where the sap called "tuba" can be collected to make lambanog
Lambanog Making Process
- Coconut tree flower are cut from the stems
- Bamboo containers are attached to the stem of the coconut tree flower stems. Coconut sap called "tuba" will drip to the container.
- By the next morning the coconut sap is collected and placed in containers
- The coconut tree flower stem is then pruned so that new sap can be collected the next day.
- The sap is then left for 1 day to ferment
- The sap then undergoes the distillery process
- After distillery, the drip is often thrown away, due to that it contains high levels of methanol
- Lambanog is then bottled for sale
Traditional Way of Drinking Lambanog
Drinking Lambanog is a social thing. Farmers often gather to unwind for their hard days work. The first step after pouring lambanog to a glass is to pour some to the ground. This is often called as "offering to the devil". After this farmers pass around shots of lambanog while exchanging stories. Most of the times there is someone who is singing or playing the guitar to make it more interesting as the drinking goes on.