Friday, September 23, 2005

Photo Friday: Burn

The theme of this Photo Friday is Burn. These are bottles of habu sake, a clear rice liquor (awamori) in which poisonous habu snakes are soaked during the distillation process. Individual bottles are more expensive when they include the snake, which can be several feet long. It gets its color from the herbs and honey that are added and the snake poison dissolves in the alcohol. With alcohol content of up to 35%, there is surely a burn when you drink it. Taken on my Fujifilm FinePix A330, focal length 5.7 mm, exposure time 1/60, aperture f/2.8. I hope you like it! Click the image for a larger view.

7 Comments:

At 9/23/2005 11:20 PM, Blogger Russ said...

Hey Laura, just visting from Michele's place.
So what do you do with the snake carcass??

 
At 9/24/2005 12:28 AM, Blogger celeste said...

I can not imagine why anyone would want to do this! This is gross... :)
I was at church earlier today (our church is kind of in a warehouse-type place)...still under construction somewhat... We were just standing there preparing for practice and my friend Abram looks up and points and says, "And there is a BIG rat up there!!" I freaked. Everyone was trying to tell me to chill, but I freaked. So, basically, I sat behind the set and played and cried 'cause I was so scared and then we cut the practice short and we left. This is how much creepy-crawly rodents and stuff scare me. So...I just don't get why people would stick a snake in a drink!!!

 
At 9/24/2005 12:33 AM, Blogger celeste said...

....even IF they have medicinal properties...I just read the link :)

 
At 9/24/2005 11:18 PM, Blogger Carmi said...

This is why I barely drink. Gaa!

Back from Michele's. Thanks for keeping the great images and words coming.

 
At 9/25/2005 1:11 AM, Blogger War Eagle said...

Interesting pic. I think my dad drank some of that when he was in china a couple of years ago.

 
At 9/25/2005 10:15 AM, Blogger karla said...

Hey, I love to drink--but I think I'd rather just stick a spear through my abdomen than drink some of this stuff. Sounds less than yummy.

 
At 9/28/2005 10:26 PM, Blogger sage said...

I saw these bottles in Korea (and the Mexicans think they're macho with the worm in Tequila).

I didn't buy any, although I thought about getting a bottle for my tee-totalling mother (she hates both alcohol and snakes), but I decided to stay in the running in case there's anything left when her will is read.

Asking Koreans about the drink, they said they only use a few drops of it at a time--instead of drinking it heartly (and Koreans normally don't waste time drinking). The drops are added to other drinks as a love tonic (there's another name for that, but I can't spell it).

 

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