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Uh-Oh: Bombay Sapphire Gin Recalled for Having Too Much Alcohol (No This is Not a Joke!)

Yep, there’s a gin recall. Some mums might be feeling a little too happier after sipping on their favourite cocktails. Why? It’s possible their gin is packing more of a punch that it should be! 

It started with a recall from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, and spread throughout Canada. So, what’s the problem? Bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin were found to contain nearly twice as much alcohol as the bottle claimed.

The bottle says that the gin contains 40% alcohol. But, the gin wasn’t properly diluted and contains a whopping 77% alcohol. Whoa! That one gin and tonic you had after a hard day of caring for the kiddos could suddenly turn from a mild relaxer to an all-out black out inducer.

If that tantrum-prone toddler of yours starts to seem like a little angel and the mountain of wash that your 4-year-old just pushed down the stairs are starting seem like no big deal, you may have had some of the super-string gin. Um, just joking. The gin recall (which is currently limited to Canada) is more serious than silly. That said, there are days when mum needs a drink – and a big one too! Right?

According to a statement from the product’s distributor Bacardi Canada to CDC News the company said, “We do not recommend consumption of this product.” The recall includes Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin with the product code L16304W.

As of now there have been no reported illnesses from the affected gin. Maybe just some extra happy drinkers? The alcohol level in the product is of course considered unsafe for consumption – in light of what the labeled alcohol content is. Anyone in Canada who has the product should not drink it and return it to the place of purchase immediately. So, don’t drink it!

Okay, so you’re thinking, “Who doesn’t want that extra punch in their after the kids go to bed cocktail?” Well, we like our little adult beverage relaxation time as much as anyone else. But, maybe non-diluted gin is going a bit too far. After all, someone has to wake up when the king toddler wants his third sippy cup of water in the middle of the night!

So far gin in Australia is not impacted so please continue to enjoy your G&T until further notice! 

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Erica Loop is a mum, parenting writer and educator with an MS in child development. Along with writing for websites such as PBS Parents,, Scary Mommy,, Modern Mom, and others, she also is the creator of a kids' activities and art blog.

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