Cocktail tips from a brew witch

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May 29, 2013 by roadmancebooks

Jane's behing a bar... there's Trouble Brewing!

Jane’s behing a bar… there’s Trouble Brewing!

Forget eye of newt and toe of frog. Real witches don’t cast spells—they drink! I love nothing more than a medicinal tipple to cure all woes. Here are a few of my favourite reasons to use, not abuse, booze.

–       Did you know you can rub vodka into your chest to break a fever? You can. And while you’re at it, you can use the vodka to sterilize a wound and prevent shaving pimples. It’s also fabulous to warm the bones in winter. Just ask any Russian.

–       Stout is high in iron. My mother is an old-school midwife and advised me to enjoy a pint after childbirth. It was the first time in years that I’d taken my mother’s advice.

–       Champagne is a diuretic, which would explain why supermodels are so thin.

–       Chartreuse is a digestif, often believed to be the secret to a long life. Same with Jagermeister. Thank God Europe’s medieval monks did more than pray and burn witches… they also created these fabulous liqueurs.

–       Whiskey stimulates the heart and arteries, which explains why everyone has an old uncle who tossed back a Johnnie Walker every night of his life and lived to ninety-eight.

–       A shot of Ouzo will ease toothaches and insomnia, among other ills. In fact it was a Greek physician named Anastas Bey who first spread the word of Ouzo’s medicinal properties.

–       An apple a day might keep the doctor away … but apple wine will benefit your circulation and slow aging. You won’t be able to order it through Cellarmasters, but it’s the drink of choice for many Frankfurt residents.

These are but a few of the reasons to drink up. Alcohol has been used for centuries to heal. As a friend of mine once said, “I only ever indulge for medicinal purposes. Fortunately I’m a raging hypochondriac.” Cheers!

For more reasons to drink, and some magical cocktail recipes, read my book Trouble Brewing… out June 1st.

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