WEIRD DRINKS

This post is inspired by two events :

a. blogger Tutubi’s interesting post on Kopi Luwak , aka “cat poop” coffee

b. my recent trip to North Carolina where I had a chance to visit the birth place of the drink that had been a fixture in our households for the last century – the venerable Pepsi Cola.

I have long been puzzled by man’s penchant for concocting every imaginable potion under the sun and his motivation for doing so. Couldn’t we survive with just plain water? I could understand the need to quench thrist with sweet and satisfying drinks other than water, like fruit juices and milk but why coffee, tea and liquor ? Might it be that the motivation has to do with the mythical and magical notions that such strange tasting potions supposedly bring about power, strength and longevity to our bodies or perhaps it has to do with the feeling of euphoria as the result of the inebriation that these potions induce to our brains ?

Man has learned how to fashion alcoholic concoctions from an incredible list of vegetation since time immemorial – be it rice, grape, sugar beet, coconut sap, malt, barley and lately, beer from the lowly dandelion flower. But when we hear about weird drinks concocted from utterly bizzare if not ghastly processes that involve fauna we shudder in disgust and swear we desire zilch of of the repulsive looking brew.

Here’s a few of the yucky drinks that ranks high in the list of extreme cuisine that would frighten a normal person πŸ™‚

1. Kopi Luwak – exotic and expensive coffee made from cat droppings. The cat is supposedly a herbivore feeding mostly on coffee beans ( so they say hehe ). I’ll leave Tutubi’s blog to explain it to you. In short, would you fancy brewing a cat poop on your coffee filter ?

2. Baby Mouse Wine – this one ( see photo above) is akin to a death wish for my wife, who fears rats and mice more than an evil curse, like Lucifer himself πŸ™‚ One may call this concoction exotic but I wonder what embellishment the tiny rodent has to offer to the drinker, other than an affectation with the powers of Speedy Gonzales or an infatuation with the super rodent hero – Micky Mouse πŸ™‚ Beats me. They say the drink tastes like gasoline. Well, it better be because at least it deludes your brains into believing that the gasoline kills all bacteria that had been infused into the brew with the year long aging process πŸ™‚

3. Seagull Wine – a brew invented by the Eskimos and Innuits of the Arctic. It’s the most no brainer concoction ever made by man. Simply find the dead bird, stuff it into a bottle filled with water and leave it in the sun to ferment – who would ever err on this recipe ? Those who tasted the brew swear it tastes like oil from your car’s carburetor but kicks you quite hard on the brain rather quickly. I say this this would be a fitting finisher to a death row inmate’s last meal. It does give you enough reason not to endure a gruesome hangover πŸ™‚

Would you dare sample any of these weird drinks ? I think I could do the cat poop coffee but I’m no Anthony Bourdain when it comes to the other two hehe πŸ™‚

BRAD’S DRINK

During our recent March break trip we passed through the seemingly lazy and sleepy city of New Bern, North Carolina (has nothing to do with being settled by its Swiss pioneers πŸ˜‰ ) and discovered a landmark that had been lurking in this quiet city for ages – the birthplace of Pepsi Cola.

The place at the corner of Main and Pollock Sts is now called the Pepsi Store but this was a pharmacy where Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi 110 years ago ! The store keeper told me that the store burned down many years ago and had to be re-constructed and restored. A big plaque stands right at the Pollock St side indicating that this was the place where Brad’s Drink now known as Pepsi Cola was invented.

The inside of the store are things about Pepsi you can imagine being sold to the public – ranging from old bottle designs, T-shirts, jackets cookie jars, golf tees, etc.. The store isn’t that big but it does pack a lot of items for the casual drop in tourist. Bradham died in 1934 and savored the success of his invention but little did he know that his drink would sell all over the world and beget a large multinational corporation. Current Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi is ranked 5th by Forbes Magazine in the list of the 100 most powerful women of the world today, ahead of Hilary Clinton. Brad’s drink certainly went a long way from its humble origins πŸ™‚

And of course, a little bit of advertising won’t hurt πŸ™‚

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40 Responses

  1. Yikes ! Euwww. Please don’t show these drinks to me coz I’ll ran away 😦 I hate rats !

    I like Pepsi’s sweetness actually. Coke is a bit too masculine for my taste πŸ™‚

  2. oh my! cat droppings? yikes! don’t tell me made in china na naman yan.

    hahahaha…i like what’s written on the advert. πŸ™‚

  3. Now i’ve seen what a horrific drink looks like. I don’t think I’ll ever thinking of sipping through it. Maybe if i get a million bucks, I can think about it. It’s just gross.

  4. That “cat” is actually a Civet Cat, or “Musang” in Tagalog. I think we also have that variety of “poop” coffee in these islands.

    As for the baby mouse wine, It’s an old Chinese folk remedy, believed to cure a lot of ailments, most notably, asthma. And that’s not all, some folks in China even collect cockroaches and turn them into medicine as well…yuck! πŸ˜€

    BTW, have you noticed that a lot of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages started off as a cure-all drink? πŸ˜€

  5. I hardly drink anything but water, diet coke, and coffee – no juice or alcoholic drinks. My goodness – who invented those concoctions? Witch doctors? πŸ™‚

    I like that sign – Friends don’t let friends drink Coke. πŸ™‚

  6. The Pepsi Cola company is not just limited to the Pepsi brand. It also owns other popular brands such as Frito Lay, Tropicana, and Gatorade. In addition, from 1978 and 1997, Pepsico owned the KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut chains which it has since spun off to form another business called YUM Brands. Thus, I think in diversity and depth of its business operations, it now beats Coca Cola hands down.

    As for the other concoctions you listed, I think I’ll stick to water, Pepsi, and Coke. πŸ™‚

  7. cat’s poop coffee is 250-500 per cup in shang ri-la. definitely expensive!

    the baby mouse wine is really gross. 😦

  8. I wana try the kopi luwak, too. i heard it’s really good…and ah, exhorbitant! πŸ™‚

  9. this is a very interesting entry.

    baby mouse wine – eekkkk!!!! on another one, this reminds me of a certain concoction Necromancer makes (a playable character in the computer game Diablo II), a wine made of water and fermented decapitated human head.

  10. Is there a weird drink from a human fetus concoction? God forbid.

  11. Yummy stuff ! (Except the Pepsi Cola and the Coca Cola!) πŸ˜‰

  12. Irrealis – I guess you will run even before I show it to you haha πŸ™‚ I kinda agree with you that Pepsi is a little sweeter.

  13. Ipanema – the cat droppings is actually Indonesian if I am not mistaken. I like that ad too πŸ™‚

  14. Major Tom – yuck, same here. There’s more on the list like people in Africa drinking raw blood from slaughtered cows and animals for human consumption 😦

  15. Snglguy – yes, Tutubi’s post incated so, that it is available in Pinas. I’ve been to the Institue of Traditional Medicine in Shenzen, China as a tourist and boy, they’ve got so many concoctions out there meant to provide relief of the ailments of the body 😯

  16. Toe – I’m surprised you included juice in the list πŸ™‚

    That’s what I have been wondering too – who the heck invented these drinks? It was a costly trial and error endeavor I bet hahaha πŸ™‚

  17. Panaderos – very true. Pepsi became a diversified corporation, credit to the innovative strategy of its management. It’s a tough competition out there in the soft drinks industry and diversification most certainly helps. I remember many years ago when Sam Miguel advertised beer a lot on TV when it had no competition at that time and the answer was – to encourage more people to drink beer πŸ˜‰

  18. Mari – I’d like to try that copi luwak ! 500 bucks could buy you a buffet breakfast at a classy hotel – or probably more nowadays ? It is truly gross I agree 😦

  19. Barry – same here. Let me know when you have tried it and give me some tips on the mental preparation hehe πŸ™‚

  20. Jeff – ugh, that will be the grossest concontion ever made by man and could also land you in jail !

  21. Abaniko – heaven forbid although at the rate weirdness goes in this world, not impossible 😦

    I know dead human fetuses like stillborn or aborted babies are sold to the cosmetic companies. They say fetus are an excellent ingredient for make ups, enhancing and preserving skin quality.

  22. Sidney – truly exotic drinks aren’t they ! So you’re also an Anthony Bourdain so haw about eating a seal’s eyes raw ? hehe πŸ™‚

  23. are you suppose to munch on the little fellows too while drinking the liquid? tsk, cruelty to animals πŸ˜›

  24. Thess – heaven’s no I hope 😦 Otherwise it will be like jumping from a cliff hehe : shock: My wife will probably give me up to the devil to avoid having to munch the little critters πŸ™‚ They’re supposed to add flavor to the concoction much like Juicy Fruit gums for favoring lambanog .. yuckh πŸ™‚

  25. i remember snake wine somewhere in batangas. ahas binabad sa lambanog πŸ˜›

  26. they are not weird concoctions but gross! i remember when i first saw a tequila with an uod, sobra akong naapektuhan. πŸ™‚ hanggang brandy lang ako i think.

  27. it really makes me thankful that i’m not a coffee lover. hahaha.

    yung sa mouse.. halata talaga yung mouse? wawa naman speedy gonzales. fave ko pa naman siya.

    how was pepsi discovered ba?

  28. Interesting post! I always, always, learn something new whenever I visit your blog. πŸ˜€

    Speaking of weird drinks…one of my friends who went to Vietnam tasted their “snake-wine” (wine with lotsa exotic-looking snakes). “Smells like formalin but tastes like whiskey” was her comment. No formalin for me, LOL.

  29. Bing – hahaha.. I bet you vowed not to drink tequila anymore πŸ™‚ Brandy is OK too but it’s a little strong for most people.

  30. Tin – so I guess if I bring to you Starbucks you won’t be drinking coffee eh? hehe πŸ™‚

    Caleb Bradham’s invention was initially called Brad’s Drink but renamed to Pepsi later on. Unfortunately the Pepsi recipe is a trade secret πŸ™‚

  31. Kathy – thanks πŸ™‚ Yes, there are lizards and snake liquor concoctions all over Asia and boy are they ever gross !

  32. Tutubi – I’d go for lambanog with Juciy Fruit anytime but with ahas ? yuck 😦 BTW – thanks for your informative post of kopi luwak. πŸ™‚

  33. Gross. No wonder why people resort to taking drugs these days πŸ™‚

  34. simply kadiri lahat ng yon hah, bw. mamatay na ako sa uhaw pero i wont dare drink that πŸ˜›

  35. Ryan – wooo.. drugs are in a different league I would think but some people would rather go for drugs than these yucky weird drinks 😦

  36. Nell – hahaha πŸ™‚ I might try the kopi luwak since they serve it in Shangrila Hotel πŸ™‚ but as for the others, I got to be drugged down to be able to take it πŸ™‚

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    Nadiskubre ito sa atin at ngayon ay binibenta na rin ng mga Indonesians at Malaysians at pati na rin ang mga Thailanders ay pumapasok na sa pag gaya ng kapen’g tunay na Pinoy.

    Pinupulot lang ito dati ng mga mahirap at aping mga magsasaka sa mga coffee plantation sa Batangas at ibang gusali ng Pilipinas na nagta-tanim ng kape.

    Dahil nga pinag-dadamutan sila ng mga amo nila na manguha ng butil ng kape para gawin nilang inumin sa umaga na tulad ng mga amo sa taniman, pinupulot nila yung mga tina-ta-e ng mga Alamid na kalat sa mga taniman na siyang kumakain ng mga butil ng kapihan at saka tina-ta-e ang mga di natutunaw sa tiyan nila.

    Mayroong proseso sa loob ng tiyan ng mga Alamid na kapag dinispatsa na nila sa puwet nila yaong mga butil ng kape at ibinaon ng mababaw sa lupa, na siyang nagbibigay ng kakaibang lasa sa mga butil pagkatapos itong lutuin ng halos sunog na sa kawali.

  38. Noypetes – how are you bro. Looks like your biking expeditions have brought you to South America hehe πŸ™‚

    that’s an excellent piece of info bro 😎 Orig pala sa atin ang kape alamid. Ganoon pa man din, paano natin malalaman na kapi lang ang kinakain ng kape alamid hehe. Subalit dahil halos sinasangag ng husto ang mga butil, mamamatay din ang mga mikrobyo siguro. It’s bloody pricey for 50 grams. I’d like to try it πŸ™‚

  39. The local tradition of tagay — sharing the same glass on a drinking spree — is gross enough without adding any such exotic brew.

    A friend’s wife in NYC actually worked in Pepsi as a flavor chemist.

  40. Eric – with the tagay circle, you’ve got to be selective of your dirnking buddies. You wouldn’t want to find someone’s false teeth in the drinking glass hahaha πŸ™‚

    The other night I watched an episode on “snake” restaurants in Vietnam, where a foreigner, a Dane, sampled a drink – blood of the freshly slaughtered small snake, and he had to chew the heart too, just probably as big as his pinky -ugh, yuck 😦

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