Scientists in North Korea have invented a “suave” liquor that doesn’t produce hangovers, state media reports.
Koryo Liquor, which was unveiled earlier this week in the English-language Pyongyang Times, contains up to 40% alcohol and is derived from ginseng (also known as insam) and glutinous rice.
Ginseng is notoriously bitter, and food products that include the root often contain added sugar to mitigate its harsh flavor.
After years of research, scientists from the Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory replaced the miracle liquor’s added sugar with scorched boiled rice, a move that they say also prevents hangovers after overindulgence.
“In the process of boiling, the nutritive substances of the rice settle down to the bottom and the starch breaks up to become glucose at a high temperature,” the Times’ Jong Hwa Sun explains.
Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory also touts the beverage’s medicinal qualities, which are explained in nebulous detail.
“The scorched glutinous rice contains essential amino acids, inorganic substances and vitamins and helps quicken lipolysis,” Sun adds.
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Before hopping onto the next flight to Pyongyang, keep in mind that North Korea also claims to have developed a miracle drug capable of curing SARS, AIDS and Ebola in 1996 — a claim that has yet to be substantiated.