11 best pink gins
Want a rose-hued serve? Our expert brings you the top bottles
You might have noticed the recently popularity of pink gins, but what is it (apart from the obvious) that makes them different to the regular stuff?
There are a number of ingredients that make these particular ones blush; the likes of raspberry, grapefruit, rhubarb and cherry blossom. If you’re a fan of standard gin, you’ll love the subtle flavour notes these pink varieties possess.
We like ours served in a huge, Spanish-style copa glass with plenty of good-quality tonic, but they also work well in a variety of cocktails with added herbs – mint is particularly good. Not to be confused with the cocktail by the same name (pink gin, made with Plymouth gin and a dash of Angostura bitters), these pink gins can be mixed with prosecco and even drunk neat with a chunk of ice.
Already accounting for six per cent of all gin sales, we can only see this category increasing thanks to the innovative infusions these spirit houses have come up with. Ensure your drinks cabinet is fully dressed with a pink-hued bottle of your choice. The team at food and drink website Crummbs has spent the past few weeks forgoing Dry January to bring you the best pink gins on the market. Thank us later.
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Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink Gin 70cl, 40%: £22.45, Amazon
This one was conjured up by the team over at London’s The Bloomsbury Club, a group of “intellectuals, writers, artists and philosophers”. The gin gets its name (and colour) from an infusion of naturally blended spiced bitters including juniper, orris root, Seville oranges, angelica, Sicilian lemon, star anise, cassia bark and coriander. It’s a medium-sweet, super-smooth spirit that works just as well neat as it does in cocktails. Gin Lane recommends creating a classic dry martini with it to really showcase its traditional style. Each bottle is handcrafted in small batches in Clapham, London and individually numbered.
Audemus Spirits Pink Pepper Gin 70cl, 44%: £40, Waitrose
Despite being crystal clear, we couldn’t resist including this contemporary French-style grain gin. The small team of three at Audemus Spirits has utilised the aromatic pink peppercorn to come up with something unique. Bright, bold and complex, the base notes include honey, vanilla and tonka bean, along with three top secret ingredients. We like ours served simply with the best tonic you can find, in order to really allow the complexity of this delicious gin to shine through. It’s one of our favourite gins that we’ve tried of late.
Pinkster Gin 70cl, 37.5%: £35, Ocado
Launching back in 2013, this premium base gin is created with five botanicals, before getting its rosy hue from fresh raspberries (grown in Cambridge). Smooth, yet dry, expect notes of orange peel, more than a whiff of aromatic raspberries and a touch of drying pepper. For a summery twist on the classic G&T, add a sprig of well-spanked mint and plenty of ice. And if you’re wondering what happens to the inebriated fruit, fear not – it gets a second wind as either Boozy Berries (we added ours to cocktails, ice-cream and on top of cakes!) and Gin Jam. If that doesn’t perk up your breakfast, we don’t know what will – GINius!
Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin 70cl, 37.5%: £16.50, Tesco
If you have a sweet tooth you’ll appreciate this twist on the original juniper-heavy Gordon’s gin recipe. Bursting with berries – raspberries, strawberries and redcurrant – the result is a slightly sweeter take on your average G&T but with an underlying tartness. Ditch the tonic and try it with two parts lemonade and one part prosecco, before garnishing with fresh strawberries.
Greenall’s Wild Berry 70cl, 37.5%: £14.50, Tesco
One of Britain’s oldest gin producers, Greenall’s created its original recipe over 250 years ago. Winning gold at the Gin Masters Awards, the 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.
Eden Mill Love Gin 50cl, 42%: £27.85, The Whisky Exchange
This palest pink gin from Scottish single-site distillery, Eden Mill includes key botanicals of hibiscus and fragrant rose petal, with a sweetness from the strawberries. Replace ice cubes with frozen berries, and top up with elderflower tonic for the ultimate serve.
Williams Pink Grapefruit Gin 70cl, 40%: £36.45, 31Dover
Zesty pink grapefruit is accountable for the pale pink hue of this award winning British spirit. Both floral and zesty and crying out to be drunk on a hot summer’s day – it will revitalise your regular gin and tonic with its juicy grapefruit kick. Williams recommends trying it as a Grapefruit Gin Fizz by combining one-and-a-half parts of this with one part honey syrup, one part freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice and one large egg white in a shaker filled with ice, shake and strain into a tall glass over cubed ice and garnish with the wedge of grapefruit.
Burleighs Gin Pink Edition 70cl, 40%: £42.50, Amazon
A trip to Japan was the inspiration for this gin with a difference. Taking the traditional London dry recipe, the pink edition is then distilled with cherry blossom, pink grapefruit zest, hibiscus and rose flowers. The result is this delicate, slightly sweet gin. Presented in a matt pink bottle that will take pride of place in your drinks cabinet, simply garnish with a fresh slice of pink grapefruit before serving.
M&S Think Pink Gin 50cl 37.5%: £15, Marks and Spencer
M&S has infused its signature London Dry Gin with tart cranberries and aromatic bitters to create this pink spirit. Expect plenty of juniper as well as coriander seeds, citrus peel, angelica, orris root and fennel seeds. To balance the dryness, try with a sweet elderflower tonic, plenty of ice and a handful of fresh raspberries.
Slingsby Rhubarb Gin 70cl, 40%: £39.95, 31Dover
Based in the picturesque town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, Slingsby uses the local spring water to create its dry gin. Starting with the pure single grain spirit, they then add Yorkshire rhubarb and distil in small batches. The result is a touch of sweetness balanced with the tang from the tart fruit. Try it neat, or with ginger ale.
Unicorn Tears Pink Gin Miniature 5cl, 40%: £8.99, Firebox
Made for Firebox from the “finest free-range lovesick unicorn tears”, this limited edition pink, sparkly gin liquor is just as smooth and sweet as the original version – but it’s now millennial pink. The flavour comes from citrus fruit, oranges, juniper berries, bunches of coriander, and sticks of liquorice. Containing two shot measures, it’s just enough to create a special cocktail for two with a pearlescent, glittery finish. Shake well before serving.
The Verdict: Pink gins
There really is a pink gin for every taste, whether you like something tart or sweet, to be drunk as a classic G&T or mixed into cocktails. Our favourite was the Pink Pepper gin but as we’re looking for a blush, we’ll give that honour to Gin Lane 1751, which can be used in a plethora of ways.
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