7 soberly unusual alcoholic drinks
Mescal: a relative of tequila
Mescal is another Mexican agave drink. Its signature ingredient is the larva of the guzano butterfly, or simply “Juanito,” as the Mexicans called it. They come in two forms: white and red. Since it is easier to get the first ones, they are added cheaper to bottles, and red ones - only to high quality mezcal. In fact, it’s very difficult to distinguish an elite “worm” from a simple one, since it discolors under the influence of alcohol.
They say that the larvae are needed to confirm the high alcohol content, because otherwise they will deteriorate. They are also credited with healing and even hallucinogenic properties, but this is just a myth. In fact, the use of tracks is an advertising move invented by one of the manufacturers in 1940 in order to increase sales. The trick was a success, and competitors took note of it.
By tradition, mezcal is used as a bite with an orange and “worm salt”: a mixture of salt, chili and dried caterpillars. After drinking, it is customary to eat the larva, dividing equally between all.
Due to the harsh climate, the inhabitants of the North Pole are very limited in ingredients. Therefore, the recipe for the preparation of local wine is simple: put a dead seagull in a bottle, pour water and leave in the sun for fermentation. According to eyewitnesses, the wine is very intoxicated, and tastes like “liquid from a carburetor”.
Giant Scolopendra Whiskey
Thrice-distilled white whiskey infused with a poisonous scolopendra is a signature alcoholic beverage in northeastern Thailand. The poison is neutralized by alcohol, so it is not dangerous. It is considered an aphrodisiac, and is also useful for pain in the back and muscles. Sometimes other exotic animals are added to the bottles.
River Eel Wine
The main ingredient of this Lao wine is eel from the Mekong River. They are added to a vat with rice wine along with ginger root and other herbs, after which they are left for at least a year for fermentation.
Tincture "Three Lizards"
Chinese and Vietnamese villages use tincture in order to restore the health and supply of qi energy. According to legend, the more lizards in a drink, the more energy a person receives, since it is transmitted from reptiles through a drink infused on them. It is also believed that the use of tincture protects against evil spirits.
In China, there is still wine from the lizard or Hejie Jiu. Gecko is kept in a bottle of rice wine or whiskey from ten days to a year. It is said that in addition to other diseases, it can cure cancer, arthritis and ulcers.
Whiskey with a reindeer horn
This Asian alcoholic drink is a 50-degree pure rice whiskey infused with milled deer horn, ginger root and other medicinal herbs. It gives vitality and improves overall well-being. In addition, in some Asian countries, deer horn whiskey is considered a status drink.
It is not known exactly whether snake wine was invented in China or Vietnam.In any case, it gradually spread throughout the region.
There are two types of wine: infused and mixed. In the first case, a poisonous snake, most often a cobra, is placed in rice wine and left to infuse for many months. Sometimes other animals are added: turtles, seahorses, scorpions, as well as medicinal herbs. The latter can only be added by a specialist, since in many respects the taste and healing effect of the wine depends on them. In the second case, rice wine is mixed with the blood or bile of a snake and is immediately drunk.
It is believed that snake wine can cure many ailments and ensure longevity. However, in many respects its healing effect is exaggerated for advertising purposes.