These Terrible & Strange Drinks Will Make You Question The World
We've tasted some pretty interesting drinks in our time, and have even rounded up 10 of the world's weirdest cocktails.
But these nine drinks feature ingredients so strange and terrible, that you'll question their very existence.
#1 Mekong River Eel Wine
Mekong River Eel wine is exactly what it sounds like... Worm eels are extracted from the world's 12th-longest river (fun fact) and then fermented with ginseng roots and herbs for your drinking pleasure.
We're not sure why "eel wine" was thought to be such a great idea, but with even East Londoners once loving a little jellied eel, it seems these critters aren't too crazy a choice to experiment with in alcohol. And they're in abundance in the Mekong river, so it's certainly one way of putting them to good use...
Want to pick up a bottle for your next dinner party? You may have to head to Laos, as that's the only place you can find it.
#2 Snake Wine
Produced by infusing a whole snake in rice wine or grain alcohol, snakes have long been considered good for vitality and health in South East Asia, with a shot or two apparently curing all ailments - from baldness to impotence, muscle tensions to sweaty palms.
The fermentation process apparently cancels out the toxic nature of the venom, with the snake left to steep for many months so that the ethanol unfolds the venom proteins thus making them inactive.
Snake Village, an area of bars and restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam, offers customers the chance to try freshly made snake beverages prepared right in front of them. A ‘beating heart’ shot apparently slips down smoothly, and afterwards you can fill up on snake steak and crispy snake skin too. Delicious...
#3 Bacon Vodka
Could combining bacon with an alcoholic drink be the ultimate ‘hair of the dog’ hangover cure?
Admittedly, bacon is a fairly standard cooking ingredient, and this concoction might be the Bloody Mary secret ingredient that we've all been waiting for, but we remain yet-to-be-convinced that a bacon flavour burning the throat when taking shots is everyone's idea of fun. Especially for Colin Grizzle, manager at Oklahoma's "The Pump Bar".
Poor old Colin was arrested and questioned in June 2016... for infusing vodka with bacon. According to local reports, unsealed bottles of vodka containing bacon, beef, pickles, garlic and jalapeños were found in a storage area, which is in breach of state law that forbids establishments from refilling opened bottles of alcohol.
Grizzle apparently spent three days behind bars - all over some bacon vodka...
#4 Horse Jizz
Don't worry, it's not *actual* horse jizz. Rather, the mixture of beer and milk... which is only slightly better.
We're not sure what's worst about this drink: the name or the ingredients. After all, mixing beer with milk is something that even the drunkest moron would recognise to be a really, terrible idea. If you like thick, frothy drinks named after animal semen, then you should probably seek a therapist, not a bartender.
#5 Baby Mouse Wine
Baby mouse wine is a traditional Chinese and Korean "health tonic," which apparently tastes like raw gasoline. Yum.
Little three-day old mice, eyes still closed, are plucked from the embrace of their loving mothers and stuffed (while still alive) into a bottle of rice wine. They are left to ferment while their parents wring their tiny mouse paws in despair, tears drooping sadly from the tips of their whiskers.
Just one or two glasses of baby mouse wine is enough to get you hammered, but because of its horrible smell and taste, most people won't need to worry about that. In fact, unless you've a very sweet but traditional grandmother living in Hong Kong, and threatening to have "just the thing" to help with your current ailment, it's likely you'll never have to come across the stuff.
#6 Pizza Beer
Pizza beer is composed of left-over pizzas (natch). Developed in 2006 in a home brewery in Campton Township, Illinois, by Tom and Athena Seefurth, MammaMia! pizza beer is apparently, "not nearly as bad as it sounds.”
The Margarita pizza is put into the beer mash and steeped like a tea bag. A whole wheat crust made with water, flour and yeast is topped with tomato, oregano, basil and garlic. The essence of the pizza spices is washed off with hot water and filtered into a brewpot, where it is boiled for a loooonnnnng time. During the process, hops and spices are added in a cheesecloth type bag and the cooled liquid is then filtered into a fermentation vessel (a.k.a Big glass 6 gallon water jug). After a week or two, the beer is good to go...
Not sure why the need to combine the two was necessary given that, as partners in crime to a Friday night in, beer and pizza already work so darn well together.
#7 Scorpion Vodka
Ever wanted to eat a scrumptious boozy scorpion without any of the death/paralysis? Well wash it down with vodka...
The word is that each pincer-wielding beastie is steeped in the vodka for a few months which neutralises the scorpion's venom, making it 100% edible - tail 'n' all! - and also imparts a soft, woody taste to the vodka. Apparently...
#8 SeaGull Wine
A dead seagull is kept in container and is fermented to make this drink. Pretty straightforward thinking from our Inuit friends.
Limited somewhat by their chilled environment, the Inuit didn’t have much to work with when they wanted to create a fine vintage. So the recipe for this wine is simple; stuff a dead seagull into a bottle of water and leave in the sun to ferment for a while. We can’t imagine this wine winning any awards, but it (reportedly) does get you drunk. We're not convinced that the fermented feathers taste quite makes it a "wine" but to find out otherwise, you’ll need to head towards the North Pole to try it.
(NB: Despite our best efforts, it seems an image of such a delicacy is yet to make it onto the internet... so you'll have to make do with a seagull looking at some wine instead)
#9 Bear Penis Wine
Journey from Ninh Binh to Ha Long in Asia, and choose your right roadside cafe/shop for some bitter green tea (and to pick up some traditional green bean cakes) and you might just come across a massive specimen. It'll set you back 6 million dong (no pun intended...) which is about £200, but a glass is *guaranteed* to sort out all male virility issues...
Fancy something a little more mainstream?