We've all heard of certain kinds of tequila that have a worm in them, and some of us have probably wrinkled our noses in disgust. Well, would you believe that this tequila is really on the mild end of things? Around the world, people have made alcohol out of some really fascinating, and often horrifying, things. Some of these strange substances are enough to make your stomach turn, and not just from the alcohol content.
Sometimes there's a reason to drink alcohol made of weird things - maybe it's part of your religion, or culture, or it's considered to be medicinal. Still, with some of these options, a trip to the doctor is probably a safer bet.So join us on this strange and distressing journey through the wide world of weird alcohols. We just hope you have a strong stomach, because by the time we're done, you'll wish you'd just stuck with drinking the worm.
Wine Made with the Bodies of Baby Mice
Unfortunately, this is just as grisly as it sounds. The wine is made from rice and live baby mice that are no more than three days old. The mice are drowned in the wine, then left to ferment for a year or more. Some people say it tastes likes gasoline.
Whiskey with a Fully Preserved Cobra in It
Hailing from Southeast Asia, this whiskey contains the full body of a cobra in every bottle. The whiskey is actually allowed to sit with the cobra in it to allow the flavors to blend and change - that way you can really taste the snake. According to some retailers, it's an aphrodisiac and can also help with muscle pain. All we know is that this is definitely an acquired taste.
Chicha: the Drink Made with Human Saliva
This may be one of the oldest alcohols in the Americas, and it's made in a very old-fashioned way. Chicha makers chew the ingredients thoroughly to grind them, then spit them out, saliva and all, to be fermented. That's right, this alcohol is made with fermented spit. It's most closely related to corn beer... with a special added flavor.
Three Penis Liqueur
Also called tezhi sanbian jiu, this is a wine-like drink actually made with the penises of three different animals: seal, deer, and dog. This Chinese rice wine supposedly has medicinal properties that help with (big surprise here) male virility.