Queen of the South's Camila Vargas (Veronica Falcón) represents many things to many people: for those within the confines of Sinaloa and Dallas, she is a powerful and dangerous drug lord. For some, she is a fashion icon, wearing exclusively cherry red on almost any given occasion, but for all, she is the quintessential cocktail enthusiast.
These are the five reasons why:
1. She has her go-to spot for tequila.
Any cocktail enthusiast knows where to go and how fast to get there. For Camila Vargas, it is a hidden gem in Oaxaca, Mexico. Can you say, “Imported?” One can easily assume that Camila refrains from indulging in any other mezcaleria outside of Oaxaca, for among many things, she prides herself on loyalty.
2. She recognizes the need for alcohol at business meetings.
On Camila’s mission to reclaim her drug empire, which was wrongfully taken from her by her power-hungry husband Epifanio (Joaquim de Almeida), she has quite a few stops along the way. Cue Teo Aljarafe (Mark Consuelos), the lawyer hired by Camila to spearhead her backdoor financial dealings. Although Teo is somewhat hesitant at first to associate himself with the notorious drug lord, he eventually reaches an agreement with Camila -- over a drink, of course.
3. She gives herself a two-drink minimum at the nightclub...
... or three. Or four. Drug lord by day, club owner by night, Camila Vargas is the jack-of-all-trades. While, yes, it is most certainly a front, this club is a shining beacon of hope for the weary and thirsty. For Camila, it is a place of celebration during the best of times, and a place of reconstruction during the worst of times. When she triumphs, she drinks to her success. When her husband conspires against her, she drinks to her revenge and his demise.
4. She takes pride in the fact that she only drinks top-shelf.
We must applaud Camila for her taste. Expensive taste. A true cocktail enthusiast would never pose this question to the bartender, “What time does happy hour end?” That’s sacrilege. Camila can walk into any establishment, be it a five-star restaurant or a dive bar, and with the utmost certainty, relay her drink of choice. And trust us, it isn’t the house wine.
5. She realizes that at any given time, it is 5 o’clock somewhere.
Need we say more? Given Camila’s extensive travels across the U.S., Mexico, and beyond, her internal clock is in a constant state of flux. She is trying to secure her drug empire, after all.Thus, it should come as no surprise that cocktail hour begins promptly at 9 a.m. and ends sometime after the clock strikes twelve!