Snake Whiskey and medicated wine infusions infused with snakes, scorpions and other insects. Snake liquor is an alcoholic beverage produced by infusing snakes, scorpions or insects in rice wine or grain alcohol. According to historic records the beverage was first consumed in China during the Western Zhou dynasty and was believed to reinvigorate a person according to Traditional Chinese medicine.
Vietnamese snake wine is a liqueur made by putting a whole snake in a bottle or jar with rice wine or some other grain alcohol. Then let it sit for several months and sometimes add herbs and spices are added in the process, for the taste or to mask bad smells. In some cases, other animals are also added, such as scorpions, insects, lizards or even small birds. All of these animals are recognized by Chinese medicine as having medicinal properties.
Some people think that the snakes have medicinal properties and by drinking snakes wine, it could, among other things, cure certain diseases, against hair loss and to improve sexual performance. However, nothing has ever been proven about this and is mainly used to persuade buyers.
Many travelers want to buy Vietnamese snake wine as a souvenir to bring home. Just keep in mind that importing snake wine is not legal in all countries, as some snakes are on the list of endangered species. It is best to check this before, to avoid problems.
Also there is controversy surrounding the purchase of snake wine, in relation to animal cruelty and that is completely understandable. However, it is still an aspect of Vietnamese culture, as Vietnam is a developing country with some superstitions here and there.
This liqueur is served at street markets, bars and even airports. A popular place for travelers to buy it is at Ben Than Market in Ho Chi Minh City. The price for snake wine is between USD 20 and USD 180, depending on the size, type of bottle and type of snake.
About 7 kilometers from the city center of Hanoi you will find a snake village called Le Mat. In Le Mat snake village there are no fewer than 100 snake farms, two of which are large where snakes are incubated for snake wine and snake meat. Every day 1000 Vietnamese and foreign travelers come here to try out the local delicacies. Most of these snakes are cobras.
American drinkers- the great wide world of beverages stretches oh so far beyond lagers, Pinot Noirs and whiskey gingers! There are all sorts of concoctions that would be a crime to ignore or leave untasted. On the top of this list sits snake wine.
Animal lovers turn away now! The production of snake wine is neither humane nor ethically concerned. To produce snake wine one drowns the animal in grain alcohol and lets its carcass float around forevermore. In other words, animals were harmed in the making of this film.
The use of snake wine as a medicine dates all the way back to 770 BC. In China, snake wine is advertised as being able to cure pretty much anything: hair loss, eye problems, dipping energy levels- you name it. Many believe that the consumption of snake wine will enhance their performance in the bedroom, too. Hello, king cobra.
Eddie Lin first tried snake wine about 16 years ago, when a friend purchased a bottle from a combination liquor and dried herbs store in downtown Hong Kong. The cobra inside seemed to be rearing up, poised for attack.
In August 2015, a You Tube video of a live snake being stuffed into a large bottle of alcohol during the making of snake wine went viral, with viewers shocked to watch the reptile drawing its last breaths.
In 2013, a woman in China was bitten after opening a bottle of snake wine to pour in more wine. The snake within, which had been in the bottle for three months, leaped out and bit her. Other bite incidents stemming from snake wine occurred in China in 2009 and 2001.
Snakes are often used in medicinal wine because they are believed to possess medicinal qualities. Snake wine is often advertised to cure a large variety of medical issues, from vision issues to hair loss to erectile dysfunction.
She had bought the snake on Zhuanzhuan, an e-commerce platform backed by Chinese internet heavyweight Tencent, from a seller in the southern province of Guangdong where the highly venomous reptile is endemic.
Wine-makers typically use one large snake per bottle. They might throw in roots, berries, and herbs to enhance the flavor or healing properties, or add smaller snakes, scorpions, or geckos. After filling the bottle with rice wine (whiskey is a popular alternative in Thailand and Laos), they'll leave the resulting brew to steep for months.
The resulting elixir is meant to be sipped slowly and savored. The flavor of snake wine been described as earthy and likened to rice wine with a protein finish, like a fishy chicken.\" Most versions supply the burning snap of strong liquor.
Lucky liquor 13 was something truly special. A small bottle of clear alcohol, bottle 13 contained within it the coiled corpse of a snake - a cobra, I think - which had been steeping in the strong rice wine (or maybe grain alcohol. Nobody's quite sure) for years. It was an Asian oddity called snake wine.
Snake wine dates back to China in 771BC. It's considered medicinal, and snake wine is used to treat hair loss and is considered an aphrodisiac and virility supplement. Drinking the wine - usually in a tiny shot - makes you more manly.
The point of steeping the snake is to get its venom and 'essence' into the alcohol, which is what gives you the virility. It turns out that the ethanol in the drink actually deactivates the venom, making it safe to drink. But here's the thing - nothing tastes or feels like snake wine, and when you knock it back it's easy to imagine that the bizarre numbing sensation you feel is the venom doing its best to kill you.
Because the odds of rolling a 13 weren't that high (although Sam Zimmerman of Fangoria totally did it), the bravest of us took eyedropper shots of the snake wine. You could feel the effect immediately; the alcohol tastes horrible, like your first drink of booze when you were 15. But then the sensation works its way down your throat, numbing and burning as it goes. Russ Fisher of Slashfilm compared it to the sensation of drinking a shag rag.
There was a story making the rounds online last year about an Indian woman who was bottling her own snake wine; when she opened the bottle after letting the snake steep for three months it popped out and bit her. That seems unlikely, but I haven't had the interest in looking it up. At the party it made for a fine bit of lore as each new person was persuaded to try the nasty stuff.
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One popular souvenir that we frequently see in markets is snake (or scorpion) wine, so we decided to do a little research on whether it is legal to bring snake wine back to the US. It seems that as far as US Customs are concerned with snake wine, the type of snake contained in the bottle is what matters. Importing cobras, which are the snake most commonly used in wine, is illegal because they are an endangered species. Bringing back items made of endangered species is illegal in the United States, as these species are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which applies to live and dead animals. However, it seems that snake wine made using non-endangered snake species is acceptable as long as you declare it and the proper officials inspect it in the airport. (You can find more information on the official U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
For alternative souvenirs to snake wine, we suggest items such as palm wine, woven textiles (which are much lighter and easier to pack), locally-made artwork, jewelry or handmade clothing, among many other unique options.
Berlin, Jul 8 (EFE).- Sheep eyes, snake wine or tarantula soup are some of over 90 atypical menu items from across the world displayed at the Disgusting Food Museum of Berlin, which intends to prove that only culture and habits determine what is considered unpalatable, or a delicacy.
In some regions of China or Japan, for instance, serpent or mouse wines are loved by the masses, while in European cultures, the thought of drinking alcohol from a bottle that hosts a python is hard to grasp.
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