Gin is a distilled liquor that is made by fermenting grains and then distilling them with juniper berries and other botanicals. Juniper berries and the botanicals used for flavor are certainly Paleo-friendly, but the grains that form the base of the liquor are not, so we can’t justify gin as a Paleo-friendly beverage.
Fermentation v. Distillation
Although fermentation is a natural process that has been known to happen in the wild, distillation is an industrialized process that was only invented a few thousand years ago. The result has given us access to much higher concentrations of alcohol than our bodies are equipped to handle.
The Pros and Cons of Distillation
The good news is that distillation eliminates all of the carbohydrates. The bad news is that it also eliminates the antioxidants that provide the health benefits of certain alcoholic beverages. Since it is made from grains and lacks any beneficial antioxidants, there is no reason to consume gin as part of a Paleo diet, except as an occasional treat.
For more recommendations on the best alcoholic drinks to include in a Paleo/Primal way of living, check out this post by Mark Sisson.