Wondering if you should reach for G&T tonight? The Tom Collins or a Martini? Well my friends here are a few gin facts to give you that push you need.
1.Is it chippy night? Gin and curry go together like, well gin and tonic. The marriage of flavour works well because neither overpowers the other. FACT.
2. Feeling run down? Franciscus Sylvius, a Dutch physician, created genever as medicine during the 16th century. His high-proof concoction was believed to improve circulation and other ailments. It was even sold in pharmacies. FACT.
3. Need a boost? During the Dutch Independence War, it was given to soldiers and referred to as “Dutch Courage.”
4. No time for a facial? Switch up your anti-wrinkle cream for a drink of Bombay Sapphire. Juniper berries are full of antioxidants and boost the regenerating cells in your body for smoother, healthier looking skin.
5. Time of the month? Juniper berries help stop water retention in your body, allowing you to pass more water than any other alcohol. This means that more of the harmful toxins and bacteria which you consume when you drink alcohol are flushed out your system.
Did you also know?
In the old days, sailing the open seas was not just for relaxing vacations. The threat of death by disease was prominent. The Royal Navy mixed gin with lime juice to prevent scurvy, the lack of vitamin C. This drink would soon be known as the Gimlet cocktail. Ta Royal Navy, ta very much!
Gin is for drinking, but one of the key attractions is its scent. Brands have noticed this and are now you can now get gin and tonic scented candles or gin perfume.
While genever was referred to as “Dutch Courage,” gin sported a darker nickname, “Mother’s Ruin.” The reasoning varies, with claims that, being inexpensive, gin was the spirit of choice in whorehouses. In Liverpool we believe it can turn us into cranks so drink responsibly and have a fab weekend!
Love Leanne x