Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins, Yes you heard me!

105-Year-Old COVID Survivor Credits Longevity to Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins

New Jersey resident Lucia DeClerck has lived through the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak and coronavirus pandemic.


Lucia DeClerck is an absolute marvel. The 105-year-old New Jersey resident lived through the devastating 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak and now she has not only survived the second global pandemic of her lifetime, but she powered through her own case of COVID-19.


When pushed for her 'secret' to her longevity—and her successful recovery from COVID, Lucia said that maybe there was something that helped her lifespan stretch past the century mark: a daily serving of gin-soaked golden raisins. She said it kept her free of disease. "She's never had cancer. She has all her own teeth.


Lucia starts every day with a serving of nine of the alcohol-enhanced raisins, and the recipe couldn't be easier. "Fill a jar," she said. "Nine raisins a day after it sits for nine days."


Mystic Meadows' oldest—and now possibly the most famous—resident has received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and we're among those who hope that she won't have to wait another year to blow out her birthday candles.