5 Strange Drinks of the World

While we’re on our travels we all enjoy visiting the myriad bars and cafes to sample the local beverages on offer. You know the saying, ‘when in Rome do as the Romans do’.

If you are in desperate need of slaking your thirst, however, there are a few concoctions you may want to know more about before you actually take a sip – especially some of these.

Pigs’ Placenta

If you’re feeling slightly nauseous already we suggest you stop reading now as it doesn’t get better than this!  Forget all of the creams and lotions that guarantee you eternal youth, there’s no better remedy for your aging issues than the placenta of pigs. Its rejuvenating properties will have your skin glowing in no time.  Don’t take our word for it, the Japanese women swear by it. The great news is that it comes in a 10,000 mg pouch or a 40,000 mg bottle depending on how old you feel.

Seagull Wine

This beloved beverage of the Inuits is exactly as the description suggests and if you’re interested you can make your own at home. It’s easy! First of all, find a seagull, a recently deceased one is preferable for this particular recipe. Secondly, find an empty wine-shaped bottle. Squeeze the aforementioned seagull in the bottle (that may prove to be a challenge) and add some water. Finally, leave the bottle outside, preferably in direct sunlight and allow the wine to ferment for a while. Return to your abandoned bottle later and there you have it – freshly fermented seagull wine.

Lizard Wine

Lizard wine is a popular Chinese drink, renowned for its ability to improve eyesight and ward off evil spirits into the bargain. A blend of ginseng and Geko lizards are thrown into a clay vat and mixed with rice wine – and that’s pretty much it. Close the lid, come back one year later, strain out all the bits you don’t want and you’re left with a pretty looking green liquor. Whether it tastes as delectable as it looks we’ll leave to you to decide.

Baby Mouse Wine

By now, you know what to do. Adapting the now familiar methods for both seagull and lizard wine, this time all you need are a few dead mice accompanied by a bottle of rice wine. Place the deceased mice in the bottle of wine and store in a ‘cool, dark place’. One year later, return to that cool dark place and ‘voila!’ – let the celebrations begin with your very own bottle of baby mouse wine. It’s used in rural areas of Korea as a curative.

Gau Jal (Urine of Cow)

The Indians revere cows as sacred animals. In fact they love them so much they have developed ‘Gau Jal’ or ‘cow urine’ euphemistically referred to as ‘cow water’. Apparently, it’s been treated so it doesn’t smell like urine and is considered the Indian equivalent of fizzy drinks. If you find yourself in an Indian supermarket on your travels searching for refreshments just watch what you’re adding to your shopping basket. Gau Jal sits innocuously in the middle of numerous dairy products. Don’t worry if you do accidentally find yourself imbibing on Gau Jal to slake your thirst.  It is very good for you, we promise.