First up, there’s the cocktail (and I use that word in the loosest sense as there’s only two ingredients); it’s Gin and it’s Angostura Bitters. That’s it.
It’s got a bit of a kick at 57% ABV, but the beauty of this drink is the way the ice works to dilute the Gin and bitters. If that’s not your thing, try something a little lighter in flavour, such as Aviation Gin or The Botanist.
Strain the bitters-and-water-mix into your cocktail glass (we like a small coupé but you could use a Martini glass or Sherry glass) and swirl it around. Then add 60ml of Gin and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, let’s talk about Pink Gins (products, not cocktails). These are Gins flavoured with fruits, but they’re not liqueurs. They have the full ABV of any none-flavoured Gin, and there’s no added sugar; they simply get their colour from certain botanicals.
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First up, there’s Pinkster Gin (because we couldn’t write an article about Pink Gin and not mention the one that’s essentially branded ‘Pink Gin’).
Pinkster gets its colour from its lead botanical; fresh, British raspberries grown in Cambridge. The berries are added to a base spirit which includes juniper and black pepper, macerated before re-distillation and then steeped following distillation to impart the pink hue.
Fun fact: you can also buy the berries after they’ve been steeped; they’re called Boozy Berries and they are just that.
Despite the pink colour, Pinkster’s raspberry flavour is subtle on the nose. To taste, it’s unsurprisingly slightly sweet but the jammy flavour is balanced out by the peppery and piney taste.
Next up is a slightly newer release from the producer of the world’s best-selling Gin. Yep, you guessed it; Gordon’s has gone pink. Made from the original Gin recipe with added raspberries, strawberries and red currants, Gordon’s Pink Gin was released in summer 2017.
Gordon's Pink Gin
Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin
This tipple has been increasing in popularity since its launch in 2014. In fact, sales were so good last year the brand had a bottle shortage, and it was the best-selling Gin in British retailer Marks and Spencer during the summer months.