You can never go wrong with a little pink…….. a lot works too!
With the ever rising popularity of Gin drinks rocketing our supermarket shelves, it is no wonder that the new pink gin phase has taken the commercial world by storm. But why has this newfound gin got us so addicted?
In the mid-1800s, Pink Gin or Pink Plymouth was a cocktail made fashionable consisting of Plymouth gin infused with a dash of ginger. Despite beliefs of many – pink gin is actually not pink, but clear with citrus oils from lemon rind used to compliment the flavour of this tremendous tipple.
21st century Gin
Today Pink Gin is transformational. It’s now catching the eyes of new age gin drinkers out there with companies infusing the traditional recipes with sweeter flavours such as strawberries and raspberries to infuse a cocktail hint of a drink once consumed only by sailors. This millennial target audience has caused companies to transform bottles, ingredients and even the colour of their gins to make them more appealing to a wider audience which has now become one of the biggest beverage crazes of the 21stCentury – anyone would struggle now to walk into a bar and not find a pink gin smoothly placed on the optic shelf.
Our top 5 Pink Gins to try right now
5th Fire Red Fruits
A sweet and almost silky sprit, 5th Fire has been gently infused with a whole range of soft red fruits (including blackberry, blueberry, currant and strawberry). Gooseberry and strawberry come through initially with a mild but noticeable juniper bitterness. This is a fantastically experimental gin. We suggest serve over ice with Fever-Tree Tonic, a slice of Strawberry and piece of dark chocolate.
Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin
All you sweet tooth’s out there will appreciate this twist on the original juniper-heavy Gordon’s gin recipe. Bursting with berries – raspberries, strawberries and all things berrylicious – the result is a slightly sweeter take on your average G&T but with an underlying tartness that will wow your taste buds. We suggest serve with two parts lemonade and one part prosecco, before garnishing with fresh strawberries.
Greenall’s Wild Berry
This pink version has been infused with a mix of juicy blackberries and raspberries, grown on English hedgerows. This fruity twist on an old classic works particularly well with lime juice and ginger beer so here at Hogarth’s we suggest you serve it exactly this way.
Eden Mill Love Gin
This hibiscus and rose petal infused gin produces one of the palest pink gin from our selection. The sweetness of strawberries in this gin really impacts the delivery of the smooth and luxurious flavour and leaves its consumer with an aftertaste of all things sweet. Replace ice cubes with frozen berries, and top up with elderflower tonic for the ultimate serve.
Slingsby Rhubarb Gin
Based in the picturesque town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, Slingsby uses the local spring water to create its dry gin. Yorkshire rhubarb is added to this small batch gin resulting in a well balanced sweetness and hint of tang. Our perfect serve would be neat or with Schweppes Ginger Ale.