Picture the scene: a friend returns from some former Soviet republic clutching a bottle of vodka that's supposedly been fermented in the nose cone of a MiG using Siberian snow flakes, before being bottled by one of Rasputin's relatives in a former Cossack boot factory. How do you top that?
No, you don't admit defeat in the battle of vodka one-upmanship; you produce a bottle of Scorpion Vodka and make your gloating guest look sillier than Boris Yeltsin after a few lemonades.
As you can see, Scorpion Vodka contains a walloping great scorpion. And it's not just any old scorpion. This particular pickled arachnid has been specially bred in southern China and is totally safe to eat. So they tell us. The word is that each pincer-wielding beastie (infused in the vodka for three months before hitting the shelves) has undergone a special detoxifying process. This neutralises the scorpion's venom, making it 100% edible, tail 'n' all!
We're not saying this makes it any easier to wolf down the sozzled little critter but it's nice to know that death and paralysis are not on the cards when you're chewing on that deliciously squishy tail. Besides, the Scorpion lives in the bottom of the bottle, so chances are you'll have downed the contents before you're faced with eating it.
As well as its novelty factor, the eight-legged lush in each bottle has other benefits. No, really. For starters it's guaranteed to frighten the living daylights out of would-be booze bandits ('Blah-blah won't mind if I just nick a bit of his vodk...aargh!'). What's more it imparts a soft, woody taste to the vodka and smooths off its sharp edge. Not that you'll be thinking about that when you're arguing over who has to eat the little blighter. Mmm...pincers. Cheers!
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70ml bottle approximately 8cm(H) x 4cm(Ø)
250ml bottle approximately 12cm(H) x 6.5cm(Ø)
37.5% alc. vol.
You must be 18 or over to purchase this product.
Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to offer our usual 30-day, no-quibble returns policy, if you later change your mind, or otherwise decide to return the product through no fault of Firebox. Click here for more info.
Great novelty gift, only a small bottle but perfect for that unusual present. Kelly, Tamworth - 14th November 2013
Vodka is quality has a really unique taste and the scorpion wasnt as bad as I expected worst part was picking the claws out of my teeth.
Thanks firebox just glad you have it back in stock as im looking to order more. GONZO, Aberdeen - 30th May 2011
Bought one of these a few years ago for one of my friend's birthdays who lives over the other side of the country, so I still haven't actually seen it in the flesh but my mate got a few videos of all of my mates back home eating the scorpion and it looked like a good laugh. I've just ordered another for a stag do, have to get the man of the hour to eat it. Mark Hoose, Lincoln - 10th April 2011
Just received this for my boyfriend's Christmas present, looks amazing ! Might have to order another one or two for people who keep asking for one too ! Kim, Isle Of Man - 15th November 2010
This is an awesome buy, just trying to find someone to drink the vodka so I can eat the scorpion. Kirk Seville, Barnsley - 7th November 2010
Firebox says: Good luck!
Really pleased with speed of delivery, bought for a friend, looking forward to giving it to him, concerned about how to get the scorpion out of the bottle to eat as the opening is really small, may have to break the bottle, otherwise pleased with the product. Ross Thompson, Northumberland - 13th September 2010