Forget detox. Get retox. Drink your way around the globe. Join our global pub crawl as Skyscanner serves up the world’s weirdest alcoholic beverages.
Warning: those of a vegetarian disposition may not enjoy some of the ingredients used in some of these strange drinks.
1. Scorpion Vodka, England
There seems to be no end of people pickling animals in alcohol and serving them as refreshing beverages, but whilst you’d expect scorpion vodka to come from Thailand or China, this brand is in fact produced and bottled in England, where a single ’farm raised’ scorpion is added to every bottle.
The website claims it’s ‘the ultimate shot’ and that by serving it, you will ‘impress your friends and everyone around you’. It also advises you serve it with a ‘scorpion garnish’. However, we suspect if you returned from the bar with a scorpion in place of a lemon slice, your date might make a sharp exit.
2. Seagull wine, Arctic Circle
Limited somewhat by their chilled environment, the Inuit didn’t have much to work with when they wanted to create a fine vintage. So the recipe for this wine is simple; stuff a dead seagull into a bottle of water then leave in the sun to ferment for a while. We can’t imagine this wine winning any awards, but it reportedly does get you drunk. As it’s yet to reach the shelves of your local off licence, you’ll need to head towards the North Pole to try it.
3. Bacon vodka, Seattle, USA
Could combining bacon with an alcoholic drink be the ultimate ‘hair of the dog’ hangover cure? Created by a company in Seattle who were keen to push ‘carnivorous cocktails’ the unorthodox mix of bacon and vodka is apparently delicious in a Bloody Mary. Visit the Liberty Bar in Capitol Hill, Seattle to make up your own mind.
4. Pulque, Mexico
It may look like an innocent mug of milk, but Pulque packs much more of a punch! A traditional drink containing 4-8% alcohol, Pulque is made from the fermented, milky sap of the maguey plant, and was considered a sacred beverage for centuries. There are now efforts afoot in Mexico to promote the drink and create Pulque tourism, and in Tlaxcala, the state government have created a tour called the ‘Pulque Route’.
5. Snake wine, Vietnam
Produced by infusing a whole snake in rice wine or grain alcohol, snakes have long been considered good for vitality and health in South East Asia, and proponents say a shot or two can cure all ailments from baldness to impotence. Snake Village, an area of bars and restaurants in Hanoi, offers customers the chance to try freshly made snake beverages prepared right in front of them. A ‘beating heart’ shot apparently slips down smoothly, and afterwards you can fill up on snake steak and crispy snake skin too.
6. Fermented mare’s milk (Airag), Mongolia
The traditional national beverage of Mongolia, this horse milk ‘wine’ is said to refresh and even ‘sparkle softly on the tongue’. The taste is slightly sour, but if you ever go to Mongolia, you’ll need to get used to it. Hospitality customs dictate that a guest must be presented with a bowl of airag upon entering the house, and to reject it would be gravely impolite.
7. Pizza beer, Illinois, USA
They are two of the world’s greatest bedfellows and are enjoyed worldwide, but should pizza and beer ever be fused with such intimacy? Well, yes, according to one couple from Illinois. Brewed with oregano, basil, tomato and garlic, Mamma Mia Pizza Beer claims to be the ‘world’s first culinary beer’ and is made by adding margarita pizza ingredients to the fermenting mash and steeped like a tea bag. Head to the Amherst Pizza and Ale house in upstate New York to try some for yourself.
8. Baby mouse wine, China
The unsavoury idea behind this Chinese beverage is to drown a family of baby mice in a vat full of wine and let them ferment for year. Unsurprisingly, reports say it neither smells, nor tastes very good. We’re not sure if swallowing the baby mouse at the end is part of the custom, but advocates claim the drink is a ‘health tonic’ that can cure liver problems, skin conditions and asthma.
9. Beef beer, Kwispellbier, ‘Tail Waggin’ beer’ (for dogs!), Netherlands
Ok, this one isn’t actually alcoholic, (so Rex isn’t going to get wasted!), but it definitely is weird. Brewed by a Dutch company, this beefy beer contains lots of nutrients that your pooch needs, and is apparently a ‘delicious treat for a thirsty dog’. Watch this pooch enjoying a glass below!