Sweet Medicine with a Kick

malaga-wineMalaga wines are sweet, fortified dessert wines. In the old days, some of them also contained quinine. Jesuit missionaries brought the bark of the so-called fever tree to Spain in the 16th Century and it was used to treat a variety of illnesses for centuries. Medicinal wines with quinine were still widely consumed in Spain until the 1970’s. This barrel is from my favorite bar in Malaga, the Casa Guardia. I’ve been visiting it off and on for 20 years, and it hasn’t changed much either. As for whether quinine wines are still being drunk in Spain, I can’t say. Does anybody know? Photo ©Mike Randolph

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5 Responses to Sweet Medicine with a Kick

  1. Beth October 29, 2013 at 11:59 #

    Wow! That’s an amazing photo. It looks like a painting!

  2. Mike Randolph October 29, 2013 at 12:06 #

    Thank you, Beth.

  3. Ali October 29, 2013 at 18:37 #

    Gorgeous Mike! But kind of makes me wish it had a scratch ‘n sniff feature. :)

    • Mike Randolph October 29, 2013 at 19:57 #

      Thanks Ali. Yeah, medicine tasted a lot better in the old days!

  4. Nolly November 21, 2014 at 18:21 #

    Fascinating, wonder whether malaria was common in the Malaga area years ago?

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