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5 things that taste better than Norman water


Ya’ll taste the water in Norman lately? It’s horrible.

Apparently it’s because Lake Dirtybird Thunderbird is turning over, causing the city’s water to taste like it’s been mixed with a dose of dirt.

Whatever the reason, Norman’s water is disgusting right now. I can taste it every time I brush my teeth. I’m hesitant to cook with it. I can even smell the dirt when I run a shower.

So, I began thinking: What other nasty drinks might actually taste better than Norman water?

Here they are.

5. The Prairie Chicken

What’s in it? Gin, a raw egg yolk, some salt and some pepper.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much better does it taste than Norman water? 2

Should you drink it? Please, don’t. (Unless you need that protein, brah.)

4. Kumis (aka Airag)

What’s in it? This famous Mongolian drink is a product of mare’s milk that is fermented inside of the stomach of a cow until it reaches about 5 percent alcohol content.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much better does it taste than Norman water? 3

Should you drink it? Yes, only if you hate yourself (or the alternative is to drink Norman water).

3. The Beverly

What’s in it? Produced for the Italian beverage market by Coca-Cola, the Beverly is a very bitter non-alcoholic aperitif.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much better does it taste than Norman water? 10

Should you drink it? It’s actually not too bad, and we Americans can try it out at the World of Coca-Cola museums in Atlanta and Las Vegas, and at Club Cool in Epcot at Disney World. So, yeah, drink it up.

Here’s a video of someone trying the Beverly for the first time:

2. Brennivin

What’s in it? This stuff is made from fermented potato mash (and sometimes grains) and is spiced with various botanical pleasures such as cumin and caraway.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much better does it taste than Norman water? 5

Should you drink it? Only if you’re a Viking and are drinking it while eating fermented shark meat (which is something Icelandic folk actually do).

1. Gilpin Family Whisky

What’s in it? That guy in the picture is named James Gilpin, and he makes Gilpin Family Whisky. His whisky is a unique family recipe that isn’t sold in stores, probably because it’d never get past the FDA regulations. Why? Because it's made with help from urine of diabetic patients. Gilpin collects the urine, removes the sugar from the urine, then uses the sugar during fermentation.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much better does it taste than Norman water? 1

Should you drink it? You tell me.

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Richard Hall

Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Read more ›