When it comes to unusual flavor combinations, bartenders are often on the cutting edge, inventing and experimenting with concoctions to suit every palate. One could argue that Laverne De Fazio, Penny Marshall’s loveable tomboy character from the ‘70s TV show Laverne & Shirley, was the world’s first mixologist — and that’s not just because she worked in a brewery. De Fazio created a signature drink for herself that both repulsed and intrigued America: Pepsi mixed with milk.
Despite its pop culture presence, Pepsi never bought into the Pepsi Milk hype, but Pepsi did put its thinking cap on and develop some one-of-a-kind flavors. Take, for example, the Elvis-themed Blue Hawaii pineapple and lemon soda, released only in Hawaii. It sounds like mouthful, doesn’t it?
Pepsi didn’t stop there. The company moved on to Japan, where it introduced the Ice Cucumber: a refreshing blend of carbonated “cukes” (no, not pukes) and soda. Then, Pepsi upped the ante with Azuki, a sweet bean-flavored Pepsi drink that probably resulted in a lot more gas than they thought it would.
Pepsi isn’t the only experimental beverage company out there. One company in Asia thought it was so important to educate kids about the health benefits of cheese that they created a cheese drink. An Austrian company created a cannabis energy drink that has no narcotics in it whatsoever.
Sounds like the stuff an Anthony Bourdain special is made of, right?
So, in honor of all things outlandishly edible, it’s time to turn the focus toward our weirdest drinks. From yogurt-flavored cola to tree bark-infused brews, here are the most bizarre beverage flavors from around the world:
Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t some kind of sweet tasting, vanilla-infused Pepsi. No. Pepsi White is actually yogurt-flavored cola. Sold primarily in Japan, the drink really is the perfect breakfast — you’ve got your caffeine, dairy and probiotics in one. Yum.
Now you don’t have to give birth to enjoy a good placenta! Yes, this drink contains placenta; pig placenta to be exact. But don’t let that deter you from enjoying this jelly-like brew. Placenta is said to have regenerative properties, especially when it comes to looking good.
Fabiana Santana is a special contributor to The Daily Meal.