Update: With apologies to gin lovers everywhere, there was no real study proving this. We regret the error.
Forget the beach bod; this year we want a G&T bod. Science just did us a solid by proving gin is good for slimming down. We already associated the fizzy botanical drink with spring’s siren call, yanking us from dark pubs into grassy backyards and sidewalk seating, but the new research into gin’s ability to boost metabolism (and help you shed pounds) has made the Gin & Tonic a totally guilt-free pastime.
According to the Daily Mail, Latvian researchers at the University of Sigulda recently published a study in the journal of Food and Nature indicating the spirit’s positive effects on the diets of lab mice. The lucky gin-guzzling mice experienced a 17 percent increase in their metabolic rate, which researchers believe was because of the antioxidant-packed, diuretic juniper berries that are a primary component of London Dry style gin. The new data builds on gin’s glowing dietary reputation, after a 2008 report in the Journal of Diabetes Nursing showed that Gin & Tonics were a good choice for drinkers with Type 1 diabetes because the drink eases artery inflammation.
To test the effects outside the lab, secure a juniper-forward gin, like Sipsmith’s V.J.O.P. (Very Junipery Over Proof) or Tanqueray London Dry Gin—or you could make your own extra-juniper-heavy version at home. Then, don’t just go for any old mixer; keep your cocktail beach bod-friendly with a craft tonic low in sugar, or better yet, go old school with a Gin Rickey, which is one of the healthiest cocktails around. Step 3: Drink up to slim down.