Badoit Rouge (the extremely fizzy verison of Badoit created to compete with Perrier)
Badoit was my favorite non-alcoholic drink in Paris (the non fizzy). It has a fresh unique taste, like the champagne of waters. I searched Toronto for it, but could only find the Badoit Rouge and that was only for a very short time.
Yes, I really like Badoit as well. I haven't found it here either. Another water I like is the German Gerolsteiner, high in calcium. Of course I usually drink tap water, but sometimes specific waters make great refreshing drinks.
Too cool for pastis here, and showers on and off. Oh, it must be at least 20°, but it doesn't feel pastisy.
I remember a friend in a certain French city (not yours) who'd have a pastis at the café while I had my morning espresso, but he did have a serious problem. At one point he became maudlin and violent. I don't even like thinking about that; I do like this friend but he had become more than a bit screwed up on various substances.
Well, this wasn't in my glass today -- it was day before yesterday.
There is a place I cut through the side of a field when I walk that's atop a low embankment butting up to the newly settled area. One plot there is quite tidy and nice, so I always check it out to see how it's growing & salute the people who own it if they happen to be there.
When I passed the other day, the husband, wife, & 10-12 year old daughter were all there. The husband hollered out, "Güera, ven!" (Come here, Paleface!) He had cut some nice steps in the embankment, but they weren't finished & he told me to give me his hand & he'd help me down. That's when I realized he was bow-wow drunk. Anyway I went on down & greeted his quite pleasant (& sober) wife and the girl. Husband (never got his name) insisted that he wanted to give me a drink of mezcal. Finally I said okay, but just a little. He had the kid fetch a styrofoam cup and the bottle, and did stop pouring when I said "stop!". I took a sip, and it was really exceptional -- good stuff and with a hard-to-pinpoint complex flavor. It had a slight, pleasant note of turpentine, something spicy, and a tiny hint of vanilla. That's the best I can describe it. While I discussed the flavor with the wife, the guy sent the girl to fetch the bottle again and showed it to me. At the bottom was a VERY large scorpion.
I was truly of two minds about it. I'd heard of putting scorpion in mezcal, and long ago assimilated the idea of the worm. Really, I learned to enjoy the worm flavor the same way -- because I didn't know about it at first. So there was that part of me that already found the drink good and thought, "Oh ~~ how interesting!". Then there was that other part that thought, "Eeeeeeewwwww -- icky big bug!"
Do they put the worm or scorpion in because of taste or to 'become strong'? You get all kinds of liquors with all kinds of critters here, I don't think it's for taste. In Saigon I once had goat testicle rice wine, no testicle in the bottle so I don't think the physical presence of whatever is required.
They eat a lot of insects here as well. I like fried silk and bamboo worms (actually grubs as Bixa has pointed out), crickets and water beetles. I don't like grasshoppers, they're very spiny and I always tear the inside of my cheeks, and I don't like the spiders, they're too oily and sweet (from frying them in oil and not draining them properly).
Recently I was in a restaurant here and after lunch the owner came around with a bottle of homemade pear liqueur for those who wanted some in their coffee. At the table, several people mentioned that in parts of the Pyrenees, dried frogs are added to alcohol and, as they swell up, they add taste. Also, in some places, snakes (garter snakes or vipers, I don't remember which) are put in bottles, and they add some taste to the alcohol. But the snakes are not supposed to be dried first. I find it all sounds revolting, but I don't drink hard stuff anyway.
No Bugs in any drinks for for me!!!!!! However our cat did find a gecko in the house. Made her leave it alone .
My glass in a couple of hours will have some more 7 Deadly Zins
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]