The Queen of England’s Favorite Drink Might Be the Secret to a Long Life
A few gin cocktails on a daily basis could raise some eyebrows—or, just maybe, it could help you live to 100.
Could there be a connection between gin cocktails and longevity? Quite possibly. Anyone who woke up early enough to watch the Royal Wedding would have noticed Queen Elizabeth II, trotting gingerly in a lime green getup at the age of 92. It turns out the queen enjoys a gin cocktail every single day, before and after lunch. And now, a 100-year-old woman from Suffolk, England believes gin cocktails are what keeps her young, too.
When asked for the key to her long life, the centenarian in question, Mabel Jackson, revealed that she downs a whopping six gin and tonics a day—and she’s been drinking since age 18. "I have two at lunchtime, one at tea time with a biscuit and then three more during the evening while I do my knitting," Mabel proclaimed to the Suffolk Gazette.
For her part, Queen Elizabeth II pours herself a daily gin and Dubonett (an aperitif) before lunch, plus a gin dry martini with lunch. (Okay, who are we kidding? Someone definitely pours it for her.) But that's not all. The Queen enjoys four alcoholic drinks in a day in total. Long live the queen—and someone pass the Tanqueray.
So what is so magical about gin, and why does the fountain of youth seem to be overflowing with it? It could be the Juniper berries that infuse this spirit; they contain antioxidants and flavanoids, which are beneficial to cell regeneration and circulation, respectively. These power berries can also aid in digestion by increasing the enzymes that break down food. Some gins even include other botanicals with myriad health benefits of their own.
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Balance does come in to play here, though, and we can't all be as resilient as Elizabeth and Mabel. In fact, we'd never advocate excessive drinking; in fact, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as four or more drinks per fay for women. But we’re happy to indulge moderately and reap the possible benefits.