A Cooling Circuit-Breaker Thirst-Quencher

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WITH daily high temperatures hitting 34° Celsius, this Circuit Breaker is turning out to be a sweltering one.

What better way to prevent our bodies from accumulating too much “heatiness” than having a well-chilled Shiraz Gin Tonic on a sultry afternoon?

The Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin is a result of steeping Shiraz grapes from Australia’s famed Yarra Valley in gin for 8 weeks. Both the Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin and tonic water (I used Fever-Tree) are available at good supermarkets.

This concoction creates an elixir that combines the medicinal qualities of gin and tonic water as well as the health benefits of shiraz grapes.

Gin is a distilled alcoholic drink that derives its main taste and fragrance from juniper berries. Sometimes infused with herbs, gin was recorded as a medicinal liquor in Italy as early as the 12th century. Gin’s health benefits are widely documented.

Tonic water derives its tinge of bitter taste from medicinal quinine, a drug discovered in Peru almost 2 centuries ago for treating fever and malaria. During this Covid-19 pandemic, quinine’s synthetic derivative hydroxychoroquine is promoted as a potential cure for the novelcorona virus by President Donald Trump.

What can be of real value is a cool, fizzy drink on a hot and sticky Circuit Breaker afternoon that can douse our body heat and boost our health. So, quick, mix up a batch.

Four Pillars gin

Shiraz Gin Tonic

This quick and fast drink can be splashed together in a minute.

It contains:

1 part gin

2 parts tonic

2 parts ice.

For a refreshingly long drink, try 100 ml of gin, 200 ml of tonic water and 200 ml of ice.

Luxuriate in its cooling effects.

The Spirit Guide shares his experiences  on Monday, 11 May, at 8:30pm on De Majestic Wines Facebook page. STORM-ASIA readers can enjoy a special discount by joining the session.

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