8 of the world’s most unusual drinks

8 of the world’s most unusual drinks

(CNN) – Many travelers consider themselves to be “foodies,” but what about “drinkies”? Just like food, there are hundreds of thousands of drinks to try around the world. Some of these are fairly common — variations of tea, coffee, soft drinks or alcohol.

  1. Tuna tears soju: Fluid from the eye of a tuna fish is mixed with soju to make tuna tears soju. The combination results in a beverage with a jelly-like consistency.
  2. Sinchicara: Sinchicara is a cane brandy, fused together with the bark of indigenous rainforest plants, and is unique to Sucumbíos province in Ecuador.
  3. Tongba is made by a process of fermenting whole grain millet, which can take a few weeks. When it’s ready to drink, it’s typically served in a barrel-like cup, also known as a tongba.
  4. Boza is made from fermenting boiled flour, giving it a slightly sour but sweet taste, boza — a drink that’s similar to milk in the States in terms of popularity and consumption, especially in the “milk man” days — is somewhat of a national pastime in Bulgaria and other countries in the Caucuses.
  5. One drink you’ll want to keep an eye out for in Dominican Republic is mamajuana: red wine, honey and rum are poured over the bark — along with any other ingredients the maker wants to add.
  6. Kava is an important part of Fijian ceremonies and the roots — sevusevu — are often a main component of formal meetings and special occasions. This drink, which comes from an intoxicating pepper plant common across other countries in the region, is pounded into a powder and then mixed with water.
  7. Mezcal de pechuga “meat breast mezcal” – Made by hanging a raw chicken breast (or hen, rabbit, or turkey) over the still where the mezcal is being distilled, the drink has a very interesting flavor. Take a chicken breast and put it inside a plastic bag with small holes. Then, place the bag inside of the huge container where the mezcal has been filtered, and leave it there for some time.
  8. The Sourtoe Cocktail from Dawson City isn’t a drink for the faint of heart. Served in a shot glass with Yukon Jack or tequila, the imbiber must take a swig and let the toe touch their lips.

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