The Luciferina Bar in Mexico City serves a mango cocktail that includes a highly unusual ingredient—tarantula venom.
Chief mixologist Romeo Palomares was challenged to create a new cocktail that would dazzle patrons, and he set out to a local market for inspiration. In his research, he came across a vendor that urged him to try a dose of Tarantula venom, promising that in a small dose, it would do no harm other than cause a slight numbing in the mouth and tingling in the throat.
In all, the daring cocktail is made with a blend of Mexican mezcal, Chilean pisco, Brazilian cachaça, mango and lemon juice, plus a small dose of tarantula venom. Appropriately, the cocktail has been dubbed 'Aragog,' which Harry Potter fans will recognize as the name of the giant spider from J.K. Rowling's books.
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