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So, it's that time of year again, the grass is green, the sun is shining – or at least, that's what you've been told.

It's not like you can actually see anything through those puffy eyes and blocked nose – that's right, hayfever season is officially upon us.

For those of you who do suffer from the irritating symptoms, finding a cure can seem impossible. Sure, you could stock up antihistamines, but remembering to take them is a task in itself.

Well, what if we told you that the answer could actually lie within your favourite bottle of gin?

Now, we know what you're thinking. Doesn't alcohol make hayfever and asthma symptoms worse?

Not necessarily. In fact, according to Asthma UK, gin could actually be the best choice of drink for hayfever sufferers.

While 64 per cent of asthmatics claim that alcohol can make their allergies worse, it seems it's actually the darker beverages that are at fault.

Drinks like red wine, beer and whiskey actually contain two triggering chemicals- histamine and sulphites.

Asthma UK instead recommend that sufferers opt for clear spirits such as gin or vodka in order to their symptoms at bay.

Now, we're not saying a tall G&T will provide a miracle cure, but it's definitely your best option on these sunny afternoons.

Gin is a particularly good choice as it does not contain any sulphites and according to The Independent, Absolute Vodka have recently revealed that their products are free from them too.

It's also best to stay away from foods like bacon, cheddar cheese, salami and tinned tuna which are usually high in histamine.

Instead, it is recommended that allergy sufferers opt for fresh meat and fish, and cheeses such as ricotta and mozzarella.

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Let's face facts: gin is absolutely the MOST popular drink at the moment. 

From pink gin to bizarre flavoured gins, people are really jumping on the band wagon – and we're glad. 

The latest gin offering comes from the wonderful humans of Marks & Spencer, who have launched colour-changing gin. 

Yes, really. 

M&S have joined forces with Scottish distillery The Old Curiosity to create two divine flavoured gins, that change colour.

Like something out of Harry Potter. 

The two flavours are: British Rose, which transforms from a pale gold to a bright fuschia with a splash of tonic, and British Lavender – this also changes from purple to pink.

AH-MAZING. 

How does this witchcraft work?

“The gins keep the natural properties of the plants they're made from, consequently, when tonic is added, not only does the mixer open up the 'nose' of these fabulous gins, it changes the pH of the spirit together with its original colour,” according to the lads at M&S.

Also, it is important to note that these gins are not packed with weirdo chemicals.

 “The gins are 100 per cent naturally distilled and infused using florals and other botanicals and are free of chemicals, sugars, fruit extracts or flavour compounds.”

These gins are being launched next week, and will cost around 25 quid per bottle. 

The perfect summer beverage. 

Feature image: theginkin.com 

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The world has become obsessed with gin, and rightly so.

The refreshing and versatile beverage can be dressed up with fancy cordials and fruits, or enjoyed as it is with a light tonic, and because of the delicious amount of variety available, there is no better way to show off the drink than with a gin festival.

If you're feeling like a G&T next week, you can head to the Ranelagh Gin Festival

 

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As well as being located in one of Dublin's most pleasant areas, the G&Ts at this festival are far from overpriced, at a very reasonable €6.00.

Hosted by The Hill pub, there are a number of delicious concoctions to try. 

We're particularly loving the sound of the Mi-mi, because what better partner is there for gin than a splash of elderflower. 

Make sure you nook a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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From gin-infused Christmas baubles to gin-inspired advent calendars, there's very little that doesn't improve with a quick dash of gin.

And if a little good, a lot is even better, so it's no surprise that a hotel dedicated solely to the spirit has popped up in one of the world's most glamorous capital cities – London.

Set to open on Portobello Road on Dec 16, The Distillery will become a veritable haven for gin connoisseurs who can pursue their passion across four floors.

From the Resting Room on the first floor which boasts suspended gin barrels to the first floor GinTonica restaurant, we're already planning our visit.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, the Ginstitute, where guests can learn how to make their own gin, is being moved to the hotel in addition to a gin museum which will school guests on their favourite tipple.

"Guests can enjoy a considered selection of international spirits that have been aged in hand-built barrels suspended above the bar from which they will be directly served," a spokesperson for the hotel confirmed.

"Due to the spirit’s ongoing ageing process within the barrel, no two drinks will be the same,’ they added.

And yes, that is the sound of us swooning.

‘The most exciting parts of the project are the new and unexpected opportunities that have come with a development of this size and scale."

"We are proud purveyors of London spirit and we look forward to exciting guests from around the globe with amazing gin and other wonderful new distillates and aged spirits," they added.

Guests from around the globe? That's us they're talking about, you know.

See you there.

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We all like the odd G&T on a night out, but now a 100-year-old woman has gone and said it's the key to her long and happy life!

Mabel Jackson from the UK (who is SO cute BTW) believes that having some gin every single day is her secret to staying young – and who are we to disagree?!

Now, Mabel doesn't just knock back one gin and tonic. Nope, she downs SIX in a day.

She told the Suffolk Gazette: "I have two at lunchtime, one at tea time with a biscuit and then three more during the evening while I do my knitting."

Routine is key, Mabel.

"I swear the gin keeps me young!" she added.

Now, before you go and knock back six G&Ts, Mabel is not a doctor and it's probably not advised you follow suit but hey, whatever keeps you young, right?!

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The results of last week's gin and tonic festival are in and it turns out the best place in Ireland to enjoy your G&T is Davy Mac's bar in Waterford City.

Over 100 venues took part in Great Irish Beverages' nationwide search for the best gin and tonic which required each bar to design their own signature drink.

 

Nicest G&T in the town #davymacs #hendricksgin #fevertreetonic

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Davy Mac’s – which opened last Christmas – won the public vote with their Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin and Elderflower Fever Tree Tonic.  Wow!

The bar's gin of choice, Drumshanbo, is distilled by hand at The Shed Distillery in County Leitrim.

Not only is Drumshanbo Connaught's first gin, it's also only been on the market for eight weeks.

Since Davy Mac's serves 60 types of gin and is now officially the best place for a G&T in Ireland we think we could be tempted to Waterford.

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