Odd Spirits: Chicha

Ever had a beverage brewed using human spit? If you’ve been to Peru, then chances are you’ve run across Chicha in your travels. Chicha has vast cultural significance in the country, and yes it is truly made with human saliva. Let’s back up and talk about the history of chicha. Chicha doesn’t necessarily refer to […]

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Odd Spirits: Pálinka

If you know what Pálinka is, chances are you’re probably Hungarian. Pálinka in it’s most general terms is a type of fruit brandy, distilled from a variety of fruits grown mainly on the Great Hungarian Plains. It’s not for the faint of heart, as it has often been described as Hungarian moonshine thanks to it […]

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Odd Spirits: Chareau

When it comes to odd spirits, generally speaking they tend to exist in a foreign country, with some historical context and a rarity that make them hard to find outside their country of origin. But Chareau is different, starting with the fact that it’s California made. Founded by Kurt Charron, Chareau pulls off the remarkable […]

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Odd Spirits: Pulque

The ancient ancestor of mezcal and tequila, pulque works in mysterious ways and is starting to regain some of its popularity. Pulque is a milky, slightly foamy and somewhat viscous beverage made by fermenting (not distilling) the fresh sap of certain types of agave, and pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish by something like 1,500 […]

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Odd Spirits: Arkhi

It’s not every day you run across a traditional alcohol made out of fermented milk. But that’s exactly what the industrious Mongolian people have been doing for years. Arkhi is typically found in rural areas of Mongolia and is distilled on domestic stoves from fermented mare’s milk, known as kumis. It’s a bit of a […]

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Odd Spirits: Anty Gin

Gin is usually a pretty safe bet; while distilleries vary on the amount of botanicals used, there is a general consensus of what a gin should ultimately be made of. That has completely been upended with Anty Gin, a product that doesn’t seem to be even possible. Anty Gin is a a joint venture between […]

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Odd Spirits: Yogurito

Japan has some of the most interesting food and drink available, and when it comes to alcohol, it doesn’t disappoint. Yogurito, is one of the strangest liqueurs out there, but is also surprisingly good. This tangy, yogurt-based liqueur spans a number of countries before making it to Japan. Made in Holland and bottled in France, Japan is the […]

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