Raisins and Gin: an Old Wives’ Remedy

11 May

When I was a kid, my mother worked as a nurse at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.  A modern western medical establishment seems a curious place to pick up old wives’ remedies, but a few of her fellow nurses were full of alternative remedy tips.  One that stuck in our house was taking a daily dose of raisins that had been soaked in gin.  According to the lore as my mother had heard it, this was to ward off the common cold.  I recently did an online search into the remedy, and it seems like the rest of the cyber-world uses raisins in gin to treat arthritis.  Whatever your health motives are, I will testify that raisins in gin make a lovely nightcap.   The recipe, as I learned it is as follows:

Put 2 cups of golden raisins (organic, unsulphured if you can find them) in a jar, add gin until the raisins are covered.  Let them soak for 7 days, then they are ready.  Eat 7 raisins each day.

Enjoy!  Unless you are alcoholic or severely allergic to alcohol, I wouldn’t worry about the alcohol content:  The gin is strong, but you are drink-eating a scant teaspoon.


One Response to “Raisins and Gin: an Old Wives’ Remedy”


  1. Happy Equinox! A boozy remedy recipe for cold season. | Brooklyn Alewife - September 21, 2013

    […] is cold season. A while ago I posted an old wive’s remedy for colds that I got from my mom: raisins in gin. Stretching farther back into my feminine ancestry: we always knew when my mother’s mother had […]

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