Top 10 bizarre drink ingredients25th March, 2014 by Gabriel Stone
You only have to look at the extreme flavour ideas marketing by vodka companies to realise that alcoholic beverages can include an alarmingly broad range of ingredients.
However, it’s not just the vodka category that has a track record of going off-piste in search of inspiration. Whether sparked by a vivid imagination, a sense of mischief or simply finding interesting ways to use up a local surfeit of certain ingredients, a whole range of drinks can boast rather intriguing – or should that be alarming – back labels.
Although there is no shortage of weird flavoured drinks which appear to have been created primarily for novelty value, many unusual drinks have deep-rooted cultural ties.
The history, myths, examples and legal wranglings behind the wide variety of plants – and occasionally animals – that can be found in our glasses receives thorough treatment in recently published book The Drunken Botanist. To whet your appetite, the drinks business has picked out some of the most outlandish examples over the following pages.