Green’s Dictionary of Slang

wind n.1

[it catches one’s breath]

strong liquor, esp. gin.

[UK]T. Walker The Quaker’s Opera I i: qu.: What hast thou got? poor: Sir, you may have what you please, Wind or right Nantz or South-Sea.
[UK]Smollett Humphrey Clinker (1925) I 142: A fine gentleman with a pig’s tail [...] came to comfit me, and offered for to treat me with a pint of wind.