Colorado man swears by his "drunk raisins"
Depending on who you ask, a little alcohol can go with just about anything. Rum cake, egg nog with brandy or rum, and now on gin soaked raisins. It's actually a remedy 72-year-old Larry Wright swears by.
Founder Larry Wright says "we start by putting jumbo golden raisins into this container. We heat our honey and our cinnamon, put them over the raisins and we fill it about here with gin."
There used to be a time when every kitchen was a place where medicine was made, when we relied on ourselves to make us feel better.
Larry says "this is our sobering process and the sobering process starts with draining the fluids."
Of course, when homemade medicine involves booze you have to be careful.
Larry says �we leave them in the oven for 15 minutes. Their warmth will allow the the alcohol to evaporate. This is really going back to what your great, great grandma did and it worked for them and it works for me and it works for a lot of people."
Larry wright decided to go back to that time.
Larry says "somebody told me about the gin soaked raisin as a possible solution, it could modify the inflammation problem that's caused by arthritis. So I started fixing them."
It got to the point where the 72-year-old decided to make a business out of it.
Larry says "on one hand I wanted to do this, on another hand it fills a need."
He sells his product on drunkenraisins.com.
Larry says "40ish a pound. Using 8 or 9 a day will last a month."
And swears the gin soaked fruit won't get you drunk, just feeling a bit better.
Larry says "it's not like you notice pain going away, it's like all of a sudden it's not there anymore."
It's like a, it's really good it has a little kick to it, has a little kick to it. I'm gonna have another one, gonna get in trouble at work.
Just like anything, no matter where it's made you have to use it in moderation.
Physician Dr. John Torres says "the gin is actually flavored with juniper berries and juniper berries have an anti-inflammatory property. On top of that, raisins are natural pain relievers and so combining the two might give you a little bit of benefit."
Dr. Torres says the raisins are probably doing most of the good in that mix. So if you want to cut back on the alcohol, he recommends trying them by themselves.