18 Aug Snake + Sake = Habushu!
Japan is known for a lot of weird stuff. But today, I came to know about a special liquor which is of an absolutely bizarre category! There’s an alcoholic drink derived from rice – Awamori – which is unique to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. They mix in some herbs to give the flavour a different twist and blend in some honey to get a yellowish colour. But that’s not the bizarre part. What they do after this will shock you! They insert a LIVE “Habu” (a highly venomous pit viper found in Okinawa) into the liquor and seal the bottle. The snake coils around at the base of the bottle before it drowns in the alcohol. They call the end product HABUSHU or Habu Sake. Yeah, you can go ahead and squirm!! 🙂 The Habu is believed to have some medicinal benefits. They say that sipping some Habushu every day gives you energy and keeps away fatigue. There is no way for me to verify this claim as I don’t believe I will ever have the courage to taste this devilish concoction. Will you try this out if you get the opportunity? 🙂