This classic spirit has exploded in the last few years, with nighttime gals making it their go-to tipple of choice and avid connoisseurs displaying their love for the stuff like a badge of honour.
Here are five good reasons why we love gin.
Other than being the famed drink of Frank Sinatra, gin might have otherwise been something only your nan drank, at least who you knew of.
However, this classic spirit has exploded in the last few years, with nighttime gal’s making it their go-to tipple of choice and avid connoisseurs displaying their love for the stuff like a badge of honour. And there’s every good reason to – this spirit has earned its place in our hearts by providing a slew of uses and benefits, throughout history and also today.
Here are all the good reasons why we love gin.
1. It may help us look younger
Whilst still being alcohol (and therefore something we should drink in moderation), gin is actually full of antioxidants that may help us look younger. This is largely due to the juniper berries, gin’s main ingredient, and are more prevalent in shaken martinis, where the movement sets off a chemical reaction, releasing the antioxidants to their fullest potential.
There’s no better excuse to keep on sippin’ than younger skin.
2. It can help to maintain a healthy weight
Unlike many other alcoholic beverages which can do just the opposite, gin actually helps to maintain a healthy weight thanks to its friendly low-cal count. At just 110 calories per 25ml, gin is actually one of the least calorific drinks, as opposed to beer which is 180 (almost as many as a doughnut – gah) and wine, which is around 159.
3. It was once used medicinally
Okay, so perhaps gin is no longer an accepted form of medicine in today’s world. But the British Empire DID once use it fight malaria by mixing it with tonic water containing quinine – a key anti-malarial ingredient.
4. Its bursting with natural ingredients
There’s an array of different varieties of gin, each bursting with natural botanicals that bring a whole load of flavour and excitement to your standard G&T. Besides good old juniper, other botanical blends include citrus peels, coriander, sage, basil, cinnamon, cardamom, almond, liquorice, angelica root and cassia bark, among others (no, we’re not sure what those last two are either).
Many of these ingredients act as potent superfoods, offering health benefits such as reduced inflammation; improved digestion, and defence against infection, kidney and liver disease and cancer. Who knew a G&T could do so much??
5. It’s the base for most of our favourite cocktails
Traditionally, gin was actually only meant for cocktails, not on its own. That would explain why the stuff provides the base for so many of our favourite cocktails, from Singapore Slings and Negronis to Rossinis, Brambles and of course, the beloved Martini.
It’s this wonderful versatility and ability to lend itself to a number of flavours and mixers that makes gin one of the most popular spirits.
Are you a self-proclaimed gin fanatic or want an excuse to drink ALL the gin? Keep your eyes peeled for some amazing gin-related news from our Balls Brothers bars very soon, sure to whet your appetite for this timeless spirit.