Five of the Strangest Drinks from Around the World   Chilled Magazine

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Here are the top 7 weirdest drinks around the world that KnowInsider.com 'invites' those who are brave enough to be acquainted with and sip:

1. Kvass

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This Russian drink, commonly consumed during the summer months, consists of fermented black or rye bread. The overall colour of the drink depends on the colour of the bread itself. Technically it’s not considered an alcoholic drink because the final product is usually only around 1% alcohol. It makes this list because it’s a drink made from bread that is almost as popular in Russia as vodka. Now, that’s just strange, as cited by Chilled Magazine.

2. Pulque

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Tequila, one of the most well-known spirits in the world is made from the agave plant. But, did you know that Mexicans also imbibe a drink called pulque that is made from the fermented sap of the agave? Common in central Mexico, this murky, milky drink traces its roots back to before the Spanish Colonization of the Americas. Many considered it to be a sacred drink that was only to be consumed by the privileged. It looks like mucus and authentic pulque has a viscous feel to it that would probably take some getting used to.

3. Meat breast mezcal (mezcal de pechuga)

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In and of itself, mezcal -- a popular drink in Mexico -- doesn't meet our criteria for odd and weird. You can find all kinds of mezcal in bars throughout the country and internationally too. But there's one type that stands out from the rest. Mezcal de pechuga -- "meat breast mezcal" -- isn't produced in the say way as your average mezcal.

In the mezcal de pechuga process, a raw chicken breast (or hen, rabbit or turkey) is hung over the still where the mezcal is being distilled and slow-cooks in the vapours. It's said to give the drink a fuller punch.

Miriam Rodriguez Gonzalez, whose grandfather owned a palenque (or distillery) in Oaxaca, tells CNN Travel, "He would take the chicken breast and put it inside a plastic bag with small holes. Then, he would place the bag inside of the huge container where the mezcal has been filtered, and leave it there for some time. We don't know many people who make it like my grandfather."

Mexicans believe mezcal can be good for several health reasons, such as digestion. But, this version -- and, mezcal in general -- is a great celebratory drink that shouldn't be messed around with, according to CNN Travel.

4. Palm Wine

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Palm wine is only similar to pulque in the fact that it is also made from sap. Popular in regions of Asia and Africa, palm wine, also called toddy, is an alcoholic beverage made from the sap of myriad species of a palm tree. The sap is extracted from the flower of the palm tree by cutting a hole and placing a container beneath collect it. Various cultures have different ways of preparing it and the alcohol level changes by region. In India, for example, fermented palm wine is called Kallu and is extremely sour and acidic. The taste gets worse as the day goes on and eventually the product begins to resemble vinegar more than a refreshing alcoholic drink.

5. Chicha

Also referred to as corn beer, Chicha has long been associated with the Incan people. Originally imbibed during ritual sacrifices and festivals, the drink is made by extracting sugar from corn, boiling it and fermenting it in large containers for many days. This process is surprisingly similar to the production of actual beer, without all the fancy equipment. Except for one glaring difference. The traditional way consists of chewing the corn and spitting the pulp into containers before fermentation.

6. Tuna tears soju

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If you're planning on travelling to South Korea, then chances are you already have a long list of foods and drinks you'll want to try, from Korean BBQ to kimchi jjigae to soju -- the country's potent elixir. It's a must-try in a country that has a reputation for "going hard."

Soju, a distilled rice wine with high alcohol content, can be found in nearly every restaurant, bar and convenience store in the country. It comes in many different flavours and Koreans love to mix the drink with beer to create another beverage called "maekju". Sometimes, they even mix it with tuna eye fluid.

The "tuna tears shot," or "chamchi nunmulju" in Korean, is typically served at Japanese-style restaurants or seafood spots, known as "tuna houses." The drink incorporates fluid from the eye of a tuna fish with the soju. The combination results in a beverage with a jelly-like consistency.

7. Lizard, snake and scorpion wine

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There really is not a mystery to this strange drink. All it consists of is a giant bottle of rice wine or grain alcohol with lizards, snakes, scorpions or other creepy crawlies floating in it. In some Asian cultures, they are lauded for their supposed medicinal properties and as aphrodisiacs. Poisonous snakes are preserved so the toxins dissolve into the liquor to give it an added kick.

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