Think pink this Valentines Day.

Pink gin was originally a “cocktail” of plymouth gin, water and angostura bitters (which gave the drink it’s pink colour. It was commonly drunk by sailors in the 1800’s as a cure for sea sickness, as bitters were known to help stave off nausea. Nowadays gin is enjoying a huge resurgence and pink gin has become so popular in recent months that is almost deserves a subcategory of it’s own. Obviously pink gin should be, well… pink. However, there really is no other specific criteria for pink gin (outside of those imposed on any other gin) and that pinkness can range from a salmon blush to something that would look at home in Barbie’s drinks cabinet. Some even sparkle or change colour when a mixer is added! Within this category, distillers are free to really push the boat out and get creative with botanicals, flavour combinations and production methods.

If you haven’t already tasted a pink gin I urge you give it a try, and what better time than now, when cupid is gearing up for Valentines day? Lets take a look at some of our favourite rose tinted offerings, perfect for gifting to your special someone.

 

Hoxton Pink

Eye catchingly bright, with stylish minimalist packaging which lets the colour speak for itself. This gin uses ethically sourced botanicals of Juniper, Grapefruit, Gunpowder tea, Rosehip, Elderflower, Bergamot, Orris, Liquorice, Chamomile and Hibiscus sugar. The flavour is distinctively floral with a citrus edge and has a lingering subtle sweetness.

 

Beefeater Pink

Boldly pink and presented in a stylish bottle featuring floral stencil art, Beefeater pink is the classic citrus forward beefeater gin with aromatic strawberry added to the mix. It has slightly artificial nose, reminiscent of strawberry bubblegum and flavours of candied strawberry and citrus fruit are balanced well with juniper.

 

Gordon’s Pink

Probably the most popular pink gin of the moment, Gordon’s ultra recognisable London dry gin is reimagined with the addition of sweet raspberry and strawberry balanced with tangy redcurrant. This pink gin is on the sweeter end of the spectrum with vibrant mixed berry fruit and balancing coriander and juniper notes. Ideal for an accessible G&T (even for non gin drinkers) and fruity summery punches.

 

Bloom Jasmine and Rose

Beautifully presented with a subtle rosey blush colour, Bloom Jasmine and Rose is distilled using naturally extracted floral botanicals. One of the more grown up pink gins available, Bloom does not rely on synthetic sweetners, but instead allows the naturally sweet flavours of its’ botanicals to shine through. Ideal to give a floral twist to the more traditional gin cocktails.

 

Bosford Rose

Vibrantly pink but stylishly presented, Bosford takes its’ popular London dry gin and blends it with natural flavours of raspberry, strawberry and a touch of additional sugar to make Bosford Rose. The gin is lightly sweet with refreshing red berry fruit flavours against a background of citrus and balancing earthy juniper.

 

Pink Gin Cocktails

Since pink gin tends to be sweeter, it has helped entice a whole new generation of drinkers to access the gin category. The drink is hugely fashionable at the moment, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the bar scene, where mixologists are embracing the plethora of new gins available and coming up with a whole world of pretty pink concoctions. Here are a couple of easy peasy recipes to start you off.

 

Pink Gin Fizz:

* Two parts pink gin of your choice

* Three parts Pink Prosecco

* Fresh Berries

1. Drop a small handful of berries into a gin balloon.

2. Add your pink gin

3. Top up with pink prosecco

4. Garnish with fresh berries

 

Pink Gin and Cider Slush

* 500ml mixed fruit cider

* 50mls Pink Gin

* Fresh Berries

1. Pour your cider into a plastic container and pop into the freezer until solid

2. Using a jug blender or food processor, add the frozen cider and gin and pulse until you get a slush consistancy.

3. Pour the mixture into tall glasses and serve with a straw and a berry garnish.