Let me start off by saying before diving into my totally not biased, neutral review of the juniper berry based liquor that I am not supportive of the current president and my play on words is not a nod to the administration. This article is a nod to one of the lesser appreciated liquors on the shelves of your trusty liquor store.
Gin is one of the healthier spirits, as the base ingredient is juniper berries. It's a fruit that most people may not have heard of, as juniper berries are not readily incorporated into our diets. Only a certain strand of juniper berries can be eaten similarly to blueberries or blackberries, as a small handful of strands are poisonous and the rest are too bitter for actual consumption. Gin offers many health benefits that your everyday, run of the mill IPA or chardonnay can't bring to the table.
Skin: much like red wine, juniper berries are a natural antioxidant which replenishes skin pores and cells, helping shed the old and bring life to the new!
Calories: gin's calorific metrics are low, which is appealing up against a beer or a margarita. Enzymes in the gin don't cause bloating and actually break down the chemical build up.
Liver/Kidneys: toxins get filtered out of your system with the aide of the juniper ingredient working to cleanse everything out. Water is able to move through your body more easily, as opposed to a night of heavy, heavy drinking.
Respiratory: similar to the liver and kidneys, gin aides mucus to move more easily through the ENT/lungs, allowing a more regulated equilibrium of breathing.
Alongside the quirky health benefits (sans heavy doses of gin) it wants you to bask in, gin makes for a versatile cocktail. Besides the uber-classic Gin and Tonic, gin is able to complement ginger, lemon, vermouth, or go dry with an olive or, even be mixed in with every other liquor out there to make the questionable Long Island Iced Tea. No, you cannot take shots of gin, you're better off drinking it as a dry martini, but gin loves a good lime or seven! I don't see why people can't open their palettes and embrace gin for everything good and exciting it represents. The taste alone gets me tingly, not the after effect. Let's embrace gin!