Health benefits of brandy

We all have a few odd old traditions that are passed down from our grandparents to our parents and then to us. A time-tested one is that brandy can cure a cold. According to our ancestors, all that was needed was 30ml of the magical spirit called brandy, mixed with lemon and ginger, to cure our sniffles, cough and cold! As wisdom passed down the generations go, this is one of the more quirky ideas that continue to be implemented to this day.

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Brandy is an alcoholic beverage made by distilling wine and is consumed all over the world. Fruit brandy, grape brandy and pomace brandy are some of the most popular flavours of brandy. Depending on the age of the brandy, the colour varies. Brandy is used for the preparation of various cocktails, as well as in sauces for steaks and desserts. Another fascinating fact about this drink is that it has been used as a medicine for a very long time. It has a variety of health benefits if consumed responsibly. Read on to know more reasons why brandy is the perfect spirit.

If you are under the weather, brandy can save the day.

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Brandy can surely help you ease the pain when you’re suffering from a cold or flu. Just a slight sniff of the brandy fumes can clear your sinus, but a making your own brandy concoction can help you feel a whole lot better. Simply add hot water, lemon and a bit of honey to some ginger brandy. Your cold will die out but this age old trick never will!

Brandy can warm up your bone-chilling cold.


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During winter, all one can think about is the cold that makes you shake like a leaf. But worry no more! A glass of warmed brandy can warm you up quickly, leaving you feeling comfortable and relaxed.

Brandy for a healthy heart


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Brandy contains antioxidants that help in lowering bad cholesterol and and restrict the actions of the NF-kappaB gene, which is responsible for inflammation. What is even more interesting is the fact that brandy helps in preventing blood clots, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. Of course, these benefits are apparent when the spirit is consumed very responsibly.

Brandy can keep cancer away


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Due to the presence of antioxidants in the brandy as well as its ellagic acid content, it has been discovered that brandy helps restrict the growth of bladder cancer cells and ovarian cancer cells. Therefore, sipping the right amount of brandy can derive huge benefits for you.

A ‘snowed in’ recipe to warm you up

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Brandy can be enjoyed in many different ways. Here is a brandy cocktail recipe that you can enjoy if you’re going through a cold and treacherous winter. All you need to do is this.

  1. Make a chilly vanilla-based ice cream milkshake
  2. Add 30ml of brandy
  3. Top it with some crème de cacao

This delicious milkshake will surely help you stay inside, stay warm and stay happy.

So the next time you think of having a drink, always remember that brandy can be more than just a drink to help you with a cold. There are a variety of health benefits as well as different ways to enjoy this fantastic spirit. And don’t forget, we have all the best brandies available at our Duty Free Store at irresistible duty free prices. And to make your duty free experience even better, you can pre-order your favourite brandies at and pick them up at the store hassle-free. Cheers!



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