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Feb 5, 2008 11:01 AM

Mezcal Worms Are For Wimps!

My in-laws were in Hong Kong over the weekend and they spotted a Whisky with a SNAKE in a 1 Gallon Jug! They almost bought it for me... but decided it was too heavy to lug around.

Anyway... anybody know anything about it... and if its good... where can it be sourced in the States?

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  1. Wines with a snake in each bottle are ubiquitous in Vietnam, with most of the snakes coming from the Mekong Delta. Bottles and snakes come in all sizes. I've brought a bunch of smaller bottles back with me. The stuff is OK. Makes you .... strong.

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    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

      Strong? You mean in the same manner as Damiana =)

      1. re: Eat_Nopal

        I had some "Three Snakes Wine" a buddy brought back from China. It was revolting. Definitely an excellent test of will!

    2. "Tequila con vivora" is a blend of tequilas with a dead rattlesnake floating around.It's not bottled in Mexico as far as I know, but I know that Los Arcos and La Diferencia in Tijuana make there own.It tastes quite strong and leathery.You definitely feel a little macho after taking a shot of "tequila con vivora."

      In Brazil they have cachaca with a snake inside the bottle called "pinga de cobra".I'm planning on bringing some back when I go to Brazil this March.

      I saw some show about Vietnam where they had a variety of animals inside bottles of alcohol.

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      1. re: streetgourmetla

        That is too funny if you know what Pinga means in Brazilian lingo.

        1. re: Eat_Nopal

          My roommate was in Viet Nam last year and brought back a photo of a giant communal drinking jar in some Vietnamese joint which had a giant hooded cobra with a smaller cobra in its mouth. In the mouth of that cobra was a smaller snake, in the mouth of that snake was a rodent of some variety, and so forth down the scaled food chain. Scorpions, spiders, all manner of venomous and non-venomous predators were represented. They would simply ladle out liquor from the huge glass urn as servings. He said the stuff was good for all manner of ills (especially those of the *ahem* performance-related variety.

          He brought back several smaller, single cobra bottles as souvenirs.

          No, I haven't tried the stuff.

          1. re: Eat_Nopal

            Pinga is just another name for cachaca in Brazilian Portuguese.I know what that word means in Spanish slang.When I was offered a pinga in Brazil the first time I snickered a bit, being a spanish speaker.I'm not aware of any other connotation in Portuguese though, and using pinga for cachaca in Brazil won't raise any eybrows.

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