Photo of the Day: Snake Wine

Snake wine is a bottle of rice wine with a venomous snake inside. The snake is left to steep for many months, sometimes with black scorpions and medicinal herbs, to let the poison dissolve in the wine. The ethanol makes the venom inactive so it is not dangerous. It originated in Vietnam, where snakes are thought to possess medicinal qualities, but has spread to other parts of South East Asia and Southern China.

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T+E Staff