South Koreans who enjoy a rare flavor of soju, the country’s most beloved alcohol, have been discouraged from mixing wasps into their drinks as a tonic after a health warning from the food ministry.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said on April 3 mixing wasps and soju could pose health risks for tipplers after the drink gained popularity on the Internet.
Some drinkers believe wasp soju is especially good for high blood pressure and diabetes. Some also add other insects, including centipedes and earthworms, to concoct their own soju health tonics.
South Koreans often mix soju with other ingredients. “Somac,” a mixture of soju and beer, is the most popular soju-based cocktail.