There are many different alcoholic drinks in the world, and people enjoy alcohol all over the world. Each country and culture have their own methods to prepare alcoholic beverages. There are some drinks that most of the people would not put to their mouths for any reason. As you have already understood, this article presents a list of 6 most bizarre drinks all over the world.
1. Baby Mouse Wine
It originates in Korea or China (people are still arguing about wine’ origin), and it is still used in Korea and China as tonic improving health. The story tells that villagers, who could not afford medicine, used this to cure all possible diseases, especially asthma and liver disorders. As bad as it sounds, this is an actual wine made from rice wine and baby mice that have drowned in that wine.
Mice are collected the moment they are born (or up to 3 days old maximum) and stuffed into a bottle, and then they are drowned in wine. After a year the drink is prepared to use, but the Brewers have to be careful; if the wine does not include age properly, mice might contaminate the drink. Can you imagine these mice going down your throat?
2. Snake Wine
Snake wine has its origins in Asia, but this time in China, it is mostly common in Southeast Asia. The story is very similar to the baby mouse wine. However, a venomous snake such as Cobra is taken already dead and brewed with rice wine or other grain alcohol. It is so that alcohol neutralizes venom and then the snake enrich beverage with its healthy features.
Snakes may be brewed together with other snakes and herbs; then they are served in small cups. Another alternative for snake wine is to cut snake’s belly and drain its blood directly to small glasses filled with rice wine or grain alcohol. Such mix is consumed immediately as a shot. It is believed that snake wine is an essence which heals various illnesses, stops hair loss and increases sexuality.
3. The Sourtoe Cocktail
The source started in Canada in 1973 when Captain Dick Stevenson found a jar with a toe preserved in alcohol. Then he brought it to the bar and dared everyone to put the toe in their drink and drink until it touches the lips. In this way, Sourtoe Cocktail Club was opened. The tradition continues until now in Downtown’s hotel in Dawson.
People are encouraged to pay 5 dollars for a toe in their drink and a membership to the Sourtoe Cocktail Club. However, the original toe was lost when club’s member accidentally swallowed the toe. Since then, the bar has received as a gift seven toes by various people with various toe-losing stories.
The toes are preserved in salt for usage, and it is prohibited to swallow them! One guy got a fine of 500 dollars when swallowed a toe. The fine was increased up to 2,500 dollars when it was found out that the toe was swallowed on purpose. The Sourtoe Cocktail Club appreciates toes donations.
4. Three-Penis Wine
Chinese people brew wine that is called ‘TezhiSanbian Jiu,’ in English this name means ‘Three-Penis Wine.’This drink is being sold in small and very ordinary bottles. You may think that it is only the name that makes this wine so special but no, the name is literal. This wine is made by brewing penises of three animals in rice wine. Those animals are deer, seal and Cantonese dog. Animals’ penises are well known in Chinese traditional medicine for their special powers. This extraordinary liquor is believed to be a super drink for male potency and virility.
In China, it is even said that ‘Three-Penis Wine’ is so powerful that young boys should not use it at all because they are not ready for that yet, while adult men should not drink too much of it. If you want to taste this elixir, you can find it in supermarkets around Shanghai.
5. Seagull wine
Seagull wine originates in Arctic Circle, and it is the invention of Inuits. They desperately needed some strong drink to warm themselves during such chilly Arctic nights. The wine is made like this: a dead seagull is chopped into pieces and stuffed in a bottle, or a whole seagull is shoved in a vessel; then the vessel has to be filled with water and corked.
The drink is kept in the sun for a prolonged period until it ferments. Despite the unusual preparation, it is said that seagull wine makes you drunk. Some people say that this recipe is only a speculation and there is no evidence of such drink. However, some people claim to drink this beverage. Still, if not seagull wine, there exists liquor from dead birds in Vietnam, though they prepare birds with rice wine.
6. Dead Squirrel Beer
This drink was produced by ‘BrewDog’ brewers located in Scotland. They are known for their experimentations with beer. While most of us imagine beer as a light beverage for hot summer day, they have already presented the world 32% and 41% beers. The latest Brewers’ invention was 55% beer. The brewers themselves called this beer ‘The End of History’ as they found impossible to make stronger beer.
The Brewers said that they wanted to change people’s perception of beer and its production. As most people would find the beer’s strength extraordinary, there is one more thing about it: its package. The beer is poured into small bottles that are stuffed… in dead squirrels and stoats. The result was very controversial and attracted animal rights’ activists. However, ‘BrewDog’ claims that animals were roadkill.
A bottle of such beer cost around 750 dollars (unfortunately, it was a limited edition). The world of liquor is very versatile, and while some people’s favorite beverage is tea, others drink bizarre drinks from animals or toes. Only reasons differ- some people do it for fun, some believe that it will cure illnesses or promote sexuality.