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Quench Your Villainous Thirst With Unicorn Tears

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Novelty gift store Firebox is selling a type of booze called "Unicorn Tears." The shimmery drink has little bits of edible silver in it, making each bottle look like a glittery snow globe. At 80 proof, its effects are hardly imaginative.

The whimsical drink looks like a ton of fun to drink, but comes at a price (and we don't mean the $62 cost). According to the website, the booze is not exactly humane:

Bringing you this enchantingly scrumptious Gin Liqueur has been no easy feat. We’ve lost mammoth minutes of beauty sleep over the past few months—because we’ve been up all night slaying unicorns for your drinking pleasure—believe us when we tell you those frisky little buggers aren’t easy to snag. A harrowing quest, some courageous Fireboxers were lost along the way, but it was all well worth it because blimey is this stuff fantastic.

Yikes. So what does the massacre of sparkly, magical beings taste like? Orange, with hints of juniper and maple syrup. The sugary booze will probably be easier to swallow than the hard truth that the drink came from the tears of a murdered magical pony.

If the slaughter of these majestic beasts doesn't faze you, they offer some cocktail recipes for your next shindig with Voldemort, including a Tears Collins or Unicorn Fizz.

[h/t: Incredible Things]

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A Restaurant In Australia Is Garnishing Its Margaritas With Frozen Eyeballs
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A cocktail special at a new restaurant in Australia has fallen under the global gaze thanks to its floating gaze. As Nerdist reports, Faro Tapas, a new Spanish eatery at Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), offers a black margarita garnished with a frozen bull eyeball.

The frosty drink contains tequila, mezcal, lime, and charcoal (presumably for color). It's served in a glass with a black salted rim and the aforementioned toothpick-skewered peeper.

Gourmet Traveller recommends that those brave enough to sample Faro Tapas's bovine booze drink it quickly, as the eyeball's ice casing melts. (If you're willing to risk brain freeze to avoid eye mush, this sounds like a smart move.)

That said, adventurous drinkers with stomachs of steel might find Faro Tapas's eyeball-garnished margarita tame compared to the Yukon Territory's Sourtoe cocktail (it contains a dehydrated human toe) and countless other weird and wacky cocktails served up around the world. Bottoms (and eyeballs) up!

[h/t Nerdist]

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Drink Up: New Study Concludes Wine Can Offset Dementia
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The health benefits of wine can sometimes be overstated by people who are a few glasses deep and slurring their words. Should you ever find yourself in a position to defend your moderate imbibing, you have supporting evidence: A new study says two glasses of wine daily can potentially reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's.

The study, which appears in Scientific Reports, shows that wine has an effect on one's glymphatic function, or the way the brain removes toxins. To clear itself of damaging and accumulated proteins like tau and beta amyloid, which are often linked with dementia, the brain pumps in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to act as a flushing solution. All sorts of variables can influence the glymphatic system's operation, including trauma, stroke, and excessive alcohol intake.

But when researchers dosed the mice in the study with moderate alcohol—amounting to 2.6 drinks daily—the glymphatic system was more efficient, removing more waste and exhibiting less inflammation than the teetotaling control mice.

As is usually the case when it comes to booze, you can have too much of a good thing. When mice got the equivalent of 7.9 drinks daily, their glymphatic system grew sluggish until the overindulging was terminated.

"Studies have shown that low-to-moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lesser risk of dementia, while heavy drinking for many years confers an increased risk of cognitive decline," lead study author Maiken Nedergaard, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in a press statement. "This study may help explain why this occurs. Specifically, low doses of alcohol appear to improve overall brain health."

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