The Gin and Tonic drink which is immensely popular now was brought by the British in India. Back in the 1600s, the drink was introduced because of quinine. Quinine is anti-malarial.
To make the drink more taste friendly they mixed it with fresh fruit juices and other herbs. The drink became more palatable and G&T became extremely popular. This is one of the earliest accounts of chasing health in making a cocktail drink.
Upgrading From Vodka And Soda Water
Vodka with soda water is considered the most low calorie drink. But it isn’t the healthiest one. Afterall, when you have vodka and soda you compromise on nutrients. There are zero nutrients. The calorie count is 96 calories per 50 ml. But the drink is so boring and tasteless. While a Bourbon or Gin has 97 to 110 calories per 50 ml.
The exact calorie count depends on the brand. But by just a tiny increase in calorie you can achieve a major change in the taste of the drink. You can try this with a Madra drink too. And the Madra drink recipe is here.
Getting Your Vitamin C From Your Drink
This may sound like an oxymoron but you can actually make your alcoholic drink more immunity friendly. This can be done by topping your drink with a fresh fruit juice. Lemon juice or any citrus fruit juice can load your drink with the much needed vitamin C. This can get rid of free radicals that damage the skin. There is a word of caution here. Too much of juice can increase the sugar content of your drink.
The Medicinal Properties Of Mixers
Mixers must be used like medicine. For centuries, humans have known medicinal properties of certain fruits, veggies and herbs. They can be consciously combined in the drinks to make them a power drink. Ginger has proven anti-inflammatory properties. It is antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial.
There is loads of Vitamin A, C, E and B in ginger. It’s also filled with minerals like Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium and Phosphorus. By this logic Gin becomes the best choice of a healthy drink due to its contents.