Gin Sling

My absolute favorite thing to read about in the historical drinking record are the notions that people used to have about medicine; and the role that alcohol has played in it over the years.

Sometimes these boozy-treatments have deserved merit—while others (by our medical standards today) absolutely do not.

***DISCLAIMER*** I am a bartender, and the extent of my medical training and expertise extends no farther than watching episodes of House while eating Cheetos—so any and all medical assertions by me or from this blog are to be taken as an historical account, and not to be followed as treatment for anything wrong with you. ***END DISCLAIMER***

In 1825 New York City’s Evening Post declared that [Gin] Slings, “Well powdered with nutmeg,” are an effective tonic against, “bleeding of the lungs”.

Gin Sling Recipe from 1862:

  • 2.0 oz.- Gin
  • 1.0 oz.- Water
  • 1.0 tsp.- Powdered Sugar
  1. Stir together Gin, Water, and Powdered Sugar with ice; then strain over fresh ice and garnish well with Nutmeg.


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