This is a very popular drink in the higher Andes. It is a mix of rum and coca leaves. On a cold day it warms you up quickly. Fill up a 1 liter bottle of rum with 20 grams of dry leaves (coca tea powder or coca tea bags) or 40 grams of fresh leaves. Store it in a dark place for at least one month.
Incorrect: Chewing coca is bad for your teeth. Correct: To the contrary; chewing coca leaves keeps your teeth and gums healthy. What can be damaging is the use of the addtive called llipta. This is burned limestone with a very alkaline pH that is used as an accelerator
Archaeologists discovered chewed coca leaves near Neolithic settlements in Peru dating to 8,000 years ago, way before the rise of great ancient civilizations. Traditionally, coca is grown in the highland villages of the Andes, which offer favorable climate conditions and sufficient altitude.
Studies have shown that coca leaf chewing doesn’t result in substance dependence. Coca tea is a herbal tonic far more harmless than many modern medicines. It has been scientifically proven that coca tea has a mild appetite-suppressing effect. Chewing coca leaves can brighten the mood and make one more talkative and friendly, facilitating positive social experience.