Everyone loves to focus on gastronomy pushing culinary limits, but what about all the incredible advancements in cocktail engineering? Have no fear, mixologists aren’t far behind when it comes to their craft. Food is great, but drinking is better! Here are eight of the most bizarre drinks imaginable.
Don’t be grossed out by the macabre appearance, this cocktail is out of this world! Dubbed “Alien Brain Hemorrhage,” this drink contains half a shot of peach schnapps, with Bailey’s Irish Cream drizzled on top and a slight amount of blue curacao spattered in for color, and everything settles, grenadine is poured on top for that extra “oomph!”
The main ingredient in this drink is exactly what it sounds like: a human toe. First concocted at The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, this Canadian drink will definitely give you a “kick.” Letting the mummified toe touch your lips is encouraged in order to get the full experience. Sadly, back in 2013, an excessively enthusiastic patron swallowed the whole toe and acquired a $500 fine. Fortunately, the bar has a few toes on reserve that were generously given by accident-prone devotees. Have a spare toe lying around? Check out the bar’s website and let your toe graze the lips of strangers everywhere. Mmm…
Dubbed “Peruvian Viagra,” this drink is made from Telmatobius coleus, a rare frog that lives in Lake Titicaca – the highest traversable lake in the world – in Peru. Rana y maca in Spanish, the juice for this cocktail is created by taking a live frog and hitting it against a counter until it’s dead or lifeless; then two cuts are made in the belly of the frog to skin it bare; lastly, the remains of the frog is liquefied in a blender with hot bean broth, honey, aloe vera, and maca. The result is a creamy, starchy concoction that tickles the throat. Alas, the popularity of “Peruvian Viagra” has led to the endangerment of Telmatobius coleus which, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, threatens the entire ecosystem of Lake Titicaca.
Known as “Hejie Jiu” in Chinese, this wine is usually made by fermenting a gecko or snake in a bottle of whiskey or rice wine from 10 days to one year. According to some Chinese traditional doctors, this cocktail is said to cure everything from ulcers to cancer and is served in a shot. Lizard and snake wine is also drank throughout southeast Asia. Little known fact, liquor in China is traditionally served warm.
Yet another drink that is exactly what it sounds like. Invented by the Inuits, seagull wine consists of cramming a dead seagull in a bottle of water and putting it in the hot sun until fermented. “If you opened up a Toyota’s carburetor and drank the leftover fluid from inside, that would be pretty close. It goes down hard and settles in even worse. But I must say it sure gets people inebriated in a hurry. And the next day’s hangover is nothing short of spectacular. You’ll feel like you’ve been repeatedly beaten over the head by a giant…well, seagull,” according to Suzanne Donahue of Wine Times.
This drink may seem lowbrow, but it costs a whopping $765 per bottle! Why is it so expensive? Each bottle contains 55 percent alcohol by volume and is stuffed inside a formerly dead animal. Basically, you’re paying for the taxidermy costs. As James Watt, one of the main founders of BrewDog, put it, “The impact of The End of History is a perfect conceptual marriage between taxidermy, art and craft brewing.” Just like we’ve all been waiting for! For those interested in the actual beer, it’s a blond Belgian ale with touches of nettles and juniper berries — and in order to achieve the brain-blasting alcohol content, it had to be created using extreme freezing techniques.
Probably one of the least offensive drinks on this list, pizza beer was created in 2006 by Tom and Athena Seefurth because they wanted a beer that would “pair with our favorite food.” The couple hand-chops hundreds of pounds of wheat crust, garlic, oregano, tomato, and basil before filtering and steeping it for that delicious “essence of pizza” flavor.
If you can’t get enough of bacon, this may be your holy grail. Created by Black Rock Spirits in Seattle, this is the only vodka on the market that fully captures that smoky, meaty, pungent bacon flavor and features actual chunks of bacon in the bottle. After putting this tasty vodka drink in your Bloody Mary, you’ll never go back to plain ole’ vodka.