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1. Rx: St. George Absinthe Verte
Active ingredient: Grand wormwood
In addition to wormwood's stomach-calming properties, it contains thujone, a chemical compound once believed to stimulate libido.
Directions for use: Though absinthe is customarily served with a sugar cube, pour St. George with an ice cube instead, which will release the spirit's essential oils—star anise, lemon balm, tarragon—as it melts.
2. Rx: Bluecoat American Dry Gin
Active ingredient: Juniper berries
Traditional application: Juniper is a diuretic, and has been known to relieve menstrual bloating, gas, and cramping.
Directions for use: Mix with a delicate tonic (see #4) to highlight its bright citrus notes. Skip the lime. <
3. Rx: VeeV Spirit
Active ingredient: Açaí
Traditional application: The açaí berry is thought to pack more antioxidants than pomegranates or red wine.
Directions for use: VeeV's ripe-fruit aroma belies a swift kick. Try it with cucumber and club soda, or mixed with açaí juice.
4. Rx: Q Tonic
Active ingredient: Handpicked Peruvian quinine
Traditional application: Ancient Incans prescribed quinine for malaria; today, it's used to relieve minor spasms (leg cramps, eye twitches).
Directions for use: Sip this clean, bittersweet tonic over ice, with a squeeze of lemon, or with your best spirits (gin, vodka, rum...)—11/2 ounces to each bottle.