• Oct 1, 2019

Mescal: relative of tequila

Mescal — one more Mexican strong drink from an agave. Its branded ingredient — a larva of a butterfly guzano or simply "хуанито" as she was nicknamed by Mexicans. They are two types: white and red. As it is simpler to get the first, they are added to bottles cheaper, and red — only to quality mescal. In practice it is very difficult to distinguish elite "worm" from simple as under the influence of alcohol it becomes colourless.

They say that larvae are necessary for confirmation of high content of alcohol, differently they will deteriorate. Also medical and even hallucinogenic properties are attributed to them, but it is only the myth. Actually use of caterpillars — the advertizing course which is thought up by one of producers in 1940 with the purpose to increase sales. The trick was successful, and competitors noted it.

By tradition mescal is used in a prikuska with orange and "I will merge from a worm": mix from salt, Chile and dried caterpillars. After drinking it is accepted to eat a larva, having divided equally between all.

Eskimo wine

Because of severe climate inhabitants of the North Pole are strongly limited in ingredients. Therefore the recipe of preparation of local wine is plain: to place a dead seagull in a bottle, to fill in with water and to leave in the sun for fermentation. According to stories by eyewitnesses wine very intoxicated, and tastes like "liquid from the carburetor".

Whisky with a huge scolopendra

Three times the distilled white whisky infused on a poisonous scolopendra is a specialty alcoholic drink in a northeast part of Thailand. Poison is neutralized by alcohol therefore does not constitute danger. It is considered aphrodisiac and also it is useful at back and muscles pains. Sometimes add to bottles also other exotic living creatures.

Wine with a river eel

The main ingredient of this Laotian wine — eels from the Mekong River. They are added to a tub with rice wine together with a root of ginger and other herbs then leave a minimum for a year for fermentation.

Three Lizards Tincture

In the Chinese and Vietnamese villages use tincture with the purpose to restore health and stocks of energy ци. According to beliefs, the more in drink of lizards, the more energy is received by the person as it is transmitted from reptiles through drink, infused on them. Also on beliefs consumption of tincture protects from evil spirits.

In China still there is lizard wine or Hejie Jiu. The gecko is maintained in a bottle of rice wine or whisky from ten days to one year. They say that besides other diseases it is capable to cure cancer, arthritis and an ulcer.

Whisky with a reindeer horn

This Asian alcoholic drink represents 50-degree raw rice whisky infused on the processed deer horn, a root of ginger and other medicative herbs. It gives vital forces and improves the general health. Besides, in some countries of Asia whisky with a cervine horn is considered status drink.

Snake wine

It is precisely unknown whether snake wine was invented in China or Vietnam. Anyway gradually it extended on all region.

There are two types of wine: infused and mixed. In the first case a venomous snake, most often a cobra, place in rice wine and leave to infuse for many months. Also other living creatures are sometimes added: turtles, sea horses, scorpions and also officinal herbs. Only the expert as in many respects the taste and medical effect of wine depends on them can add the last. In the second case rice wine mixes up with blood or bile of a snake and is right there drunk.

It is considered that snake wine is capable to cure many illnesses and to provide longevity. However in many respects its curative action is exaggerated in the advertizing purposes.

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