Sounds like the episodes of Three Sheets where Zane drinks shots from huge jars of hard stuff with dead snakes, lizards, and sea horses floating about. The snake testicle shot looked pretty harsh.
You could say the hornets are good for libido.
But you're probably right about the smell attributable to young cider.
Bottled: Brown Ale
Bottled: Pumpkin Pale Ale
Bottled: Sweet Cider