Sometimes, being an intrepid Reporter has its downside…like telling you the story of this item – which you can find on any store shelf in Okinawa!
Yep, It’s Okinawan “Habu” snake wine!
OK, here’s the backstory of this very real product. The “Habu” is an incredibly poisonous Okinawan snake, and someone makes it into wine! It’s called “Habushu” – the snake’s name attached to “shu”, which means wine or sake.
Of course, the amazing “RocketNews24” has the story – because they never fail to share the unique and WTF moments from Japan – here’s an excerpt:
“Every alcohol store has a whole section devoted to bottles of awamori (Okinawan rice wine) with snakes inside glaring back at you. It’s not something people drink often, but for special manly-man get-togethers you can bet the habushu will be making an appearance.”
This is just one of the five strangest “WTF” food/drink items in Japan, according to this great article…and if you think you could die sipping this, read THIS:
“Habushu is safe to drink though, since the alcohol dissolves away all of the venom. However, that being said, there was one case in China where the snake was still alive even after being in the bottle for three months and bit a woman….
Still, habushu is said to have a positive effect on the male sex drive (due to habu snakes mating for up to 26 hours straight), so many are willing to brave the snake face and chug some down. Be sure to drink directly from the snake-bottle for maximum badass points.”
You can read more of this story, AND see four other wacky food from Japan, by clicking on the link to RocketNews24 here:
Look, I will try anything, but sometimes my “strange alcohol” challenge is more like this:
Yes, it’s a “bagel bacon burger” with a bottle of bourbon in the middle…I’m all for that! See the recipe here!
Let me know if you are up for a sip of this!