If you’re tired of drinking the same adult beverages or are just feeling brave, we can help. For centuries, people have been creating and indulging in alcohol—the spectacular result that comes from combining sugar with yeast. If you’re looking for something new to try, use our guide on where to sample unusual alcohol around the world.
From the Great White North, this one-of-a-kind drink has a mummified toe in it. The tradition started in 1973 when a boat captain found a toe and dropped it into the drink of a Sourdough Saloon patron. Since then, there has been one rule to follow when drinking this cocktail: “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but the lips have got to touch the toe.”
Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. The creators of this drink put baby mice that are no more than 3 days old into a bottle of rice wine (alive) and leave it to ferment for 12 to 14 months. For centuries creators have been selling this horrible creation as a health tonic to treat asthma and liver disease.
A dairy farmer in England is responsible for this innovation. The drink contains whey leftover from the cheese-making process and special yeast that can survive the lactic environment. The farmer then distilled the combination to make vodka. As you might expect, the vodka has a unique creamy flavor.
Bolivia, Peru, Columbia
This hundreds-of-years-old drink is basically corn beer. However, this isn’t the weird part—how it’s made is. A person chews the corn and spits it into a clay pot, and after adding spices, it ferments into beer. Traces of this unique beverage date all the way back to 5000 B.C.
The first gin in the world to contain insects, the mad scientists at Cambridge Distillery figured out a way to distill ants. In each bottle, they use the essence of 62 redwood ants along with handpicked juniper which complements the citrus flavor of the ants. Included with each bottle is five centiliters of pure ant distillate so you can experience the real flavor of these bugs—yum!
In every bottle of this whiskey, there is a full-size cobra. The snake and whiskey sit together for several months to ensure you can really taste the snake juice. Many have compared the flavor to drinking fishy peanut oil. Although it’s considered an aphrodisiac, this drink is no joke—the venom from the cobra is still in its body. If you drink cobra whiskey, be careful and have paramedics standing by.