11 Strange Drinking Rituals From Around the World

Order beer, drink beer, repeat. Sound familiar? If you’re growing weary of your current drinking routine, perhaps it’s time to branch out and take part in one of the many exciting drinking rituals our beautiful booze-loving planet has to offer.

If you happen to find yourself in Kenya, Thailand, Canada, or Ancient Egypt, be sure to partake in one of these strange drinking rituals.

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    So-mak – Korea

    Since being declared Korean popstar Psy’s “best friend,” the spirit soju has become highly popular worldwide. However, only real drinkers know the local Korean custom of So-mak” combining a shot of soju with half a glass of beer. Best drank “bomb style,” by dropping the shot glass into the beer and following with vigorous chugging, So-mak has real BDF (Best Drink Forever) potential.

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    Rum and Gunpowder – 18th Century Pirates

    Next time you’re sailing the Seven Seas, be sure to have yourself a rum and gunpowder. Suspicious of their officers watering down their precious grog, 18th century sailors would add gunpowder to their rum and light it on fire. Pure rum would burn with a bright blue flame and was deemed acceptable for drinking. Legend has it that Caribbean pirates took this tradition a step further by adding tobacco, human blood and soil (from a freshly dug grave, of course) to their rum after adopting the practice from Haitian voodoo pledge rituals.

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    Shot-ski – British Columbia, Canada

    If you have a friend who wimps out on group shots, bring them to B.C. for a shot-ski. This ritual originated on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, but only requires one of your skis. Six shots are lined up on the ski and six friends (new or old) gather behind it to raise the ski up and shoot the shots back together. Anybody who bails at the last minute ends up with a shirt-shot – the way less cool version where the drink spills down the front of you.

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