They said the best way to know the country your visiting is to try out their local beverages and if you’re visiting Asia, be ready for a whole bunch of weirdness and craziness. The Asians are known for their exotic tastes when it comes to food and drink. Here are some of their locally produced beverages that I’m sure will spike some interest to some while leaving a nauseating effect for the weak of heart.
1. Baby mice wine
As the name implied this wine contains baby mice fermented in alcohol. This wine is a traditional Chinese and Korean “health tonic” which apparently tastes like raw gasoline. Baby mice are taken from their mothers while their eyes are still closed and placed in rice wine while alive. There they are left to drown and ferment.
It isn’t just one mouse though, but a slew of them floating at the bottom of the bottle. This tonic is believed to heal anything from asthma to liver disease. The worst part is one is supposed to eat the dead baby mice.
2. Wine Cobra
Snake wine is a Vietnamese alcoholic beverage that includes a whole venomous snake in the bottle. It originated in Vietnam and can be found around Southeast Asia. The snakes, preferably venomous ones, are not usually preserved for their meat but to have the snake poison dissolved in the liquor, but don’t worry the snake venom has already been denatured by the ethanol; its proteins are unfolded and therefore inactivated.
Like the mice wine, this wine is believed to have medicinal properties and is believed to cure farsightedness, hair loss, as well increase sexual performance. This idea might be a little too interesting for men but proceed with caution for there are some little known accidents regarding this particular wine.
3. Asian three-lizard liquor
By now you would've realized that the Chinese stuff almost anything in alcohol. If you ran out of mice, try stuffing three lizards preferably geckos. According to the recipe, the lizards must still be alive when they are added to the wine so they can infuse the liquor with their qi.
Although a lot of people believe that these drinks are indeed 'health tonics', its is still a bit haunting to see mice and lizards in your drinks. However, if your the adventurous type and have the passionate love for alcohol then you might want to consider trying these out--- after getting yourself a nice health insurance.