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    Notmyrealname DI Forum Luminary Highly Rated Poster Showcase Reviewer

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    Found this article while wondering what to do with some gin I have (not a great fan of drinking it and other suggestions members of the Form may have would be difficult as the bottle is very square at the base! :smile: )

    While gin’s delicious flavor goes great in a cocktail, here are a few alternative uses for it:

    1. Mouthwash: If you can’t stand the flavor of synthetic peppermint in your mouthwash, why not try gin? Mix in a few drops of thyme oil, which goes well with gin’s juniper flavor, for an herbal anti-microbial kick.

    2. Footwash: While you’re swishing your way to fresher breath with a mouthful of gin and thyme oil, you can also try the mixture on your feet to eliminate foot odor.

    3. Pickles: Whether you make your own pickles, or buy them from the store, adding a shot or two of gin to the brine is a great way to boost the flavor of your cukes.

    4. Pie Crusts: Because alcohol evaporates at a lower temperature than water, you can get a flakier, more delicious pie crust by replacing some of the water in your recipe with vodka -- or gin. While you can use any kind of drinkable distilled alcohol, gin has a flavor that works especially well with savory pot pies. [This one is for you @JoyDelicacies]

    5. Air Freshener: Fill a spray bottle with some gin and a few drops of essential oil for a homemade air freshener. The alcohol quickly evaporates, leaving behind the piney scent of juniper and whatever else you add in.

    6. All-Purpose Cleaner: While you have a spray bottle loaded up with gin, use it to get rid of mold and mildew. For best cleaning results, let the stubborn spores soak in the alcohol for a few minutes before wiping them away with a damp cloth or sponge.

    7. Arthritis Cure: [I do not quote this as a medical certainty, but anyone with arthritis now has another 'excuse' to drink gin]. Soak a bowl of golden raisins in gin and leave them for a week. Eat 10 of these boozy treats a day to rid yourself of arthritis pain. While it isn’t really known why this cure seems to work, people speculate that it has to do with the combined anti-inflammatory properties of juniper, grapes and the sulfur dioxide used to keep the raisins golden.

    8. Herbal Tinctures: Tinctures are a great way to extract the medicinal and flavor-bearing components of herbs. Simply cover a handful of dried herbs with gin and seal in a sterilized canning jar for a week. Then strain the mixture through a cheesecloth and you’ll have a potent, great-tasting tincture.

    9. Aftershave: A post-shave splash of alcohol-based aftershave keeps the skin tight, while cleaning out any nicks or cuts. While you can certainly go with a store-bought brand, the heady scent of juniper on your neck might lure you a martini-loving lady the next time you hit the town. (It may not be advisable to splash your face with gin before work, however.)

    10. Soap Additive: Mixing a splash of gin into your liquid soap will give it a lovely added scent, while boosting its bacteria-battling capabilities.
     
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    Or if one could obtain a decent tonic water and REAL Limes.. not these calamansi thingys that people say "taste just like limes" then you might think otherwise.... oh I miss a good G and T but unlike the British... with lots of ice..... :smile:
     
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    Since most of these deal with getting to the Juniper, the essential element in Gin, why not just get some Juniper and forego the removal of the alcohol? Just a thought, yeah I know, where do we get Juniper here.
     
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    Stunning comment Your Most Excellent Highness (Marksman Grade 1) and who am I (air-rifle Grade 28) to disagree.

    I just imagined cleaning my teeth with Juniper berries! :smile:

    If you disagree, rather than duel, just ask me to delete this. :smile:
     
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    the asawa has been messing about with liqueur making recently. Mainly using vodkas. My subscription to “Good Housekeeping” seems to be paying off. Um, anyway, ginger and lemons infused might be an improvement to Gin. I’d take a punt on the use of lemongrass stalks given we are in the tropics. I’ll get back to you on that.

    The Rambutan, Thai basil n ginger went down a storm the other week. I fear for the mango n vanilla. According to ‘er indoors it’s “humot lami kaayo” after 2 weeks in the mason jars. 2 weeks to go. 2 weeks to age after that or thereabouts.

    In terms of use of bottles other than for containing liquids I’ll defer. I have no wish to traumatise myself by imaging the use you seem to be attempting.

    cheers,

    C
     
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    Key limes? Mexican limes? Kusaie limes? Kaffir limes? Limequats? Limmetta? Mandarin limes? Merdeka Limes? Any of the other 20 or so types of limes?

    What breed of lime do you consider a "real" lime? :rolleyes:
     
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    someone needs a nap LOL
     
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    It must be tricky in your profession for you to be imagining my one end and not at the same time analysing the other. :smile:

    P.S.

    1) Are you really sure these are liqueurs? Have you recently taken out life insurance?

    2) What about saffron in honey? (After thinking of this I checked the internet to see if it could be a form of mead and found "What is saffron honey? One tasty honey good for sex life and so much more!" An aphrodisiac no less. That should keep Siquijor lively.)
     
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