Just a few years ago, before emojis, Uber, and knowing all the words to ‘Let It Go’, gin was a drink reserved solely for your Nan and all her bladdered friends.
Fast forward through the rise and fall of One Direction though, and suddenly it seems everybody and your Nan is in the middle of a slightly-clingy love affair with gin.
To be honest, we’re just surprised it took people this long. Gin is fresh tasting, delicate and as bloomin’ botanical as it gets. And as if gin couldn’t get any better… It can actually be a lil’ bit good for you!
Forget everything you’ve ever heard about gin tears, here are the super-scientific reasons why drinking gin can be beneficial to your health, and your life in general!
It’s au naturel!
While most gins are made from lovely lil’ juniper berries, there are actually loads of different gin varieties, each bursting with natural botanicals which bring a whole load of flavour to your G&T.
Besides good old juniper, other natural botanical blends include citrus peels, sage, basil, cinnamon, cardamom, almond, angelica root and cassia bark.
Okay, so we have no idea what those last two are either, but the internet tells us that all of these ingredients act as potent superfoods with loads of health benefits packed in.
Our favourite part? The word gin is actually short for juniper which we think is totally cute and definitely relevant to this discussion.
It keeps you young
He gets shot more often than you eat pizza, betrayed more often than you swear and crashes his car just as often as you do.
So how the hell is James Bond able to look so good?
Well, it’s definitely not because they change the actor every three or four films. No, no, no, it’s definitely all down to his choice of tipple.
You see, thanks once again to those juniper berries, gin is chock-full of antioxidants which, when shaken in a martini, help fight wrinkles and keep your skin looking super fresh.
With that in mind, we’ll have fourteen martini’s, please?
It maintains your love handles
After some heartless scientists announced that a pint of beer is around the same calories as a bloody doughnut, we’re not going to lie, we had a little cry.
That is, until we came upon the magic of gin. As one of the least calorific alcoholic drinks you can get your hands on, gin is as good as it’s going to get for watching your waiEstline and maintaining a healthy weight while sippin’ on booze.
So forget the Atkins diet, try the (oh god we’re really going to do this) At-gins diet!
A G&T a day helps keep the malaria away
Look, trust us on this one, gin and tonic is basically medicine.
Tonic’s main ingredient, quinine, was key in preventing malaria back in the day so the British Empire employed gin and tonic religiously in order to fend off the disease.
And if you’re wondering where the gin comes in, well, all we can really deduce is that a shot of gin helps the medicine go down… Duh.
Gin makes your heart happy!
You know that feeling of complete joy when you get a whiff of gin?
Well, it turns out it’s not just metaphorical, as gin has actually been proven to make your heart happy!
How? You guessed it, those juniper berries contain loads of flavonoids (we thought it was made up too), which help improve your blood circulation and can help you live longer.
We’ll drink to that!
If you’re anything like us, you’ll have just reached whole new levels of gin-obsession.
We just wish there was some way of making the most of this new found love of gin… Maybe by having a massive party?
Our IN FOR THE GIN Big Weekender is just around the corner. Come join us on the May bank holiday weekend and get involved with the crazy botanical antics! Book a table in advance for some amazing freebies and gincredible offers. Go on, let the good times begin.