The world is officially insane, and these 11 drinks are proof
Anti-ageing is big business. And any number of things is touted as the magic remedy to what is essentially inevitable: growing older.
Some of them are lifestyle choices - stop smoking, eat healthy, use sunscreen. Others are products - cosmetics shelves are packed with them.
But now, thanks to a UK-based company, there's a new shelf on which to find your anti-ageing - the booze one.
Say hello to the world's first anti-ageing gin. It claims to reverse the ageing process while keeing the skin fresh, even after a heavy night of drinking. Called Anti-AGin, this 40% proof gin is distilled with pure collagen. It's being marketed as an elixir - a clear and sweet-flavoured liquid used for medicinal purposes - for gin-lovers who want to get rid of those wrinkles.
Commissioned by Warner Leisure Hotels, the gin will retail at $50 (approx Rs 3,330). Apart from online, it can also be bought at all 13 hotel locations across the UK. Unfortunately, it isn't shipping worldwide yet.
If you think this is the weirdest drink you've heard of in a while, though, prepare for a shock. We hunted out other inexplicable drinks out there - there are no words.
1. Hangover-free alcohol
This one's from North Korea. The country claims it has developed hangover-free alcohol. "It's a ginseng-based alcoholic drink where sugar has been replaced with scorched, glutinous rice - reducing its bitterness as well as protecting drinkers from the after-effects of imbibing." What's more, the drink boasts 30%-40% alcohol strength. This compared to Budweiser's 5% alcohol by volume is staggering.
2. Placenta 10000
The Japanese are all about the weird and Placenta 10000 certainly makes the cut. Made from the placental extracts of pigs, this is a jelly drink that contains placenta. Placenta, for those wondering, has regenerative properties, keeps one beautiful and helps with dieting.
The name is a dead giveaway, and this one owes its existence to Japan's eccentricities as well. Simply put, it is beer plus milk - or rather, a low-malt beer that uses milk. They produce the milk beer by using discarded milk, which in turn doesn't go to waste.
4. Smoker's Cough
Not sure why this shooter is called 'Smoker's Cough' but this drink contains 1½ oz of Jagermeister along with 1 tsp of mayonnaise.
5. Baby Mice Wine, Deer Penis Wine and Lizard Wine
Yes, these are real drinks, not just some fictious drink in a sci-fi flick. We can't blame these ones on the Japanese either - some diversity needed.
Instead, the first, Baby Mice Wine, comes from the Koreans. It's a traditional Chinese and Korean "health tonic" and some say it tastes like raw gasoline. Little mice, prior to opening their eyes, are taken from their mothers and stuffed into a bottle of rice wine and left to ferment. The resultant liquid is drunk and the mice are eaten.
Deer Penis Wine is apparently the ultimate in sports medicine with various atheletes swearing by it. It was banned from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. A variation on the first, it's made "with the sex organs of dogs and seals, as well as deer", according to this list
. This one is creamier than the baby mice wine.
Lizard wine is supremely popular in China. It's ginseng (herbs) and Geko lizards stuffed into a clay pot along with fermenting rice wine. After a year, it is strained and green liquid is obtained which is then, in turn, drunk.
6. Bird's Nest drink
We're not even going to attempt to explain this one. Here's Listverse doing it instead: "Rather than building a nest out of twigs, certain species of swiftlets regurgitate long strands of sticky saliva onto a wall. The saliva hardens into a cement-hard woven cup, prized as a delicacy in China for purported health benefits including a stronger liver, an enhanced immune system and softer skin."
7. Apple-flavoured horse semen
Not Japan. Not Korea. This time, it's the braindhild of Wellington, New Zealand. A pub in the town serves apple-flavoured horse semen shots to its customers. This drink was, apparently, born out of the owners' 'boredom'. The sperm was taken from a nearby farm. It's now a huge hit among the locals and it known as "Hoihoi tatea". Women tend to enjoy this custard-tasting drink more than men, it's believed.
8. Snake Whiskey
This one is available across various bars in Thailand. It's got whole snakes, snake venom and flavourings that come from chilly peppers and ginseng (herbs). Apparently known for its health benefits - hair-loss prevention and increased virility for men - it is as supposedly as smooth as Glenfiddich. We'll just have to take their word for it.
9. Three-penis liquor
Yes, you read that right. Straight from China, this one consists of wine infused with seal, deat and Cantonese dog penises and rice. Slightly different from snake whiskey, this one also increases potency and virility in males.
10. The Sourtoe Cocktail
Nothing gets worse than this. Literally. The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon has made a name for itself with this one. This concotion contains a lowball of Yukon Gold whiskey and a mummified human toe. Read that again. A mummified human toe! Apparently, people who dare to drink this drink are 'encouraged' to let the toe touch their lips upon the finishing of their drink!
11. Bull testicle beer
Last but not least, here is some bull testicle beer. Denver's Wynkoop Brewing Company launched its signature Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout which is available in two-pack cans. Here's Wynkoop describing what it actually tastes like: "Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note. It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite. The beer is 7% ABV and has 3 BPBs. That's balls per barrel."
The beer is "made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles."
Far as we're concerned - there's little chance of us voluntarily drinking any of this stuff unless we were going to die of dehydration, and even then not so easily. If you brave any, though, be sure to let us know. We'll hand out medals.
Edited by Payal Puri