Reasons to Drink More Gin
Gin and tonics have a long history that begins in the treatment of malaria. Quinine, an ingredient in tonic water, was used as a treatment for malaria starting in the 17th century, and it was only a matter of time before it became commercialized in the 1800s and gin was added to the mix. Today, there’s no longer any reason for you to build up your defenses against malaria, but there are plenty of other reasons to drink gin for a boost to your health.
Juniper berries are what’s known as a superfood, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can provide a supplement to your overall health. Juniper berries have been linked to multiple benefits, such as better digestion, cell regeneration (good for skin and wrinkles!), kidney filtration, and relief for chronic pain, such as arthritis.
Gin is made using a variety of other botanicals in addition to juniper berries, which makes for a more natural choice of spirit as well as a complex flavor profile and aroma. One gin distillery may have a different recipe than the next; for example, Dragon Mist Distillery includes botanicals like rose petals, spearmint, clover, and orange blossom in their special blend, and recommends drinking gin straight up or on the rocks to savor each note. Many of these botanicals have their own natural health benefits which are worth the research– and worth that delicious cocktail.
Visiting a gin distillery is a perfect way to learn more about gin, experience a tasting, and come away with a bottle of delicious craft gin of your own. Just remember to enjoy your gin responsibly– despite their never being too much of a good thing, overconsumption of alcohol is unwise and can cause more harm than good. Sip your spirits in moderation to reap the benefits of natural botanicals.