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rượu rắn – The rice wine with that extra bite

Pop down to your local watering hole, and you’re likely to find yourself overwhelmed with a choice of beers, larger, wines & spirits. But visit Indochina, and you may be in for something a little more fascinating and exotic.

Snake wine (rượu rắn in Vietnamese) is an alcoholic beverage that has an entire venomous snake within the bottle. It originated in China but can be found around Southeast Asia, in particular Vietnam. The snakes, usually venomous ones, are usually not preserved for their meat. They are preserved to have the snake poison dissolved in the wine. However, as a result of the snake venom being protein-based, they are broken down and therefore de-activated due to the influence of the denaturing effects of alcohol. The snakes are placed into a glass jar of rice wine, often with many smaller snakes, turtles, insects, or birds, and left to steep for many months.­­ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNkynp0HOtQ In Vietnam, Rượu rắn is widely believed by locals to improve health and virility, and is usually drank as shorts. This bizarre drink is very hard to find outside of Asia, but if you’re daring enough, and happy to fork out on the hefty price tag, i’s available to buy from here http://www.asiansnakewine.com/big-snake-wine-bottles-order-2-scorpion-wine-bottles-fast-shipping-usa-canada-european-countries.html