Health Department Tells Yuzu to Stop Selling Period-Themed Cocktail Complete With Tampon


  • Photo via Yuzu/Facebook
Yesterday, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health directed the Lakewood bar Yuzu to stop selling a controversial cocktail that came with a tampon applicator topper.

Causing a stir online when it debuted last week, the drink called “Even Can’t Literally” is a berry margarita that was thought up by female staff to raise funds for Cleveland's Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center.

While the drink contains no blood (obviously), the menstruation effect looks spot on. And for some feint-of-heart commenters, the drink was a little too real, as read in the post below:

As bar staff told WKYC, health officials were not sure that tampon garnishes are safe and wanted to first test the applicators for potential toxins that could leach into the drink.

Despite the setback, the restaurant/bar has opted to continue serving the cocktail minus the offending garnish, with all leftover unused tampons being donated to charity.

Yuzu took to Facebook Monday morning to explain the thoughts behind the cocktail:
It's completely understandable at first impulse why some people may have had an adverse reaction to our fundraising efforts.

This was a concept created by our female staff members to raise money for a local women's shelter, the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center ( ).

Our goal is also to spark an important conversation about the advocacy of women's health issues, ignite awareness and action towards the needs of local women's shelters, and dispel archaic attitudes about women's bodies.

The reality is that in our modern world, we are bombarded with an endless amount of advertisements and distractions. It takes something impactful to cut above the noise to get people's attention. These are important issues that need to be discussed and it's often easier to simply ignore them.

We have received an overwhelming amount of support to continue our mission. We understand our concept is a topic for debate but at the end of the day it's about raising awareness and coming together to help those in need. Donations can also be made directly to the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center


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