Snake blood martini ~ Yangshuo, Guangxi province
Nov 7 2001

The fresh snake blood is dripped into a glass of rice wine and served without a garnish. The first sip tasted like the wine so I was emboldened to take down the rest in a big gulp. The taste of blood was much stronger and I reached for the beer to wash away the taste. Then my mind overcame my natural inclination. How often would I have fresh snake blood? I forced myself to savor the taste by rolling it around on my tongue and breathing deeply through my nose - in case you're wondering, it is much like human blood, just a little less salty and coppery.

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nigel & julie snow