There was a time when if you asked for a ‘pink gin’, it meant dry gin with a splash of Angostura bitters, but there is no denying that this new type of pink gin has taken over. It is an understatement to say that pink gin is having a moment, it is everywhere you look.
There are a number of ingredients that make pink gins different from the standard bottles. You will find hints of mixed berries, grapefruit, rhubarb and much more. If you enjoy drinking standard gin then we are sure that you will love the subtle flavour notes these pink varieties possess.
We personally like our pink gin served in huge balloon gin glasses with plenty of ice and a quality tonic. However, they also work well in a variety of cocktails, with lots of other sweet mixers and mixed with prosecco or, even drunk neat with a chunk of ice. To help you find your favourite pink gin we have put together a list of the best pink gins on the market that you absolutely have to try.
Gordon's Pink Gin
Gordon's pink gin is a great staple buy and we would recommend that this is the first pink gin you try. It is sweet and very easy to drink. It is particularly great for people who prefer fruity drinks, bursting with raspberries, strawberries and redcurrant.
For this gin, we would suggest that you ditch the tonic and have it with lemonade and prosecco, before garnishing with fresh strawberries. You can thank us later.
Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink Gin
This is a medium-sweet, super-smooth spirit with floral undertones and a delicate hint of spice. It works just as well neat as it does in cocktails. Each bottle is handcrafted in small batches in Clapham, London and individually numbered.
Fun fact, Gin Lane 1751 gets its name from the Gin Act of 1751, a British law that was enacted in order to reduce the consumption of spirits. Thankfully times have changed and we can all now enjoy this incredible gin.
Eden Mill Love Gin
Bringing together an outstanding blend of local botanicals and exotic fruits, this gin would be the perfect choice for anyone who has a die-hard sweet tooth, due to its gorgeous sweet vanilla taste. It is made with a mix of both traditional gin botanicals, including juniper berries, coriander, and angelica, as well as more exotic botanicals.
Try this gin in a cocktail, mix up the famous Tom Collins and swap in Eden Mill Love Gin. Stir together the gin with creme de fraise and fresh lemon juice. Strain into a gin copa balloon glass with lots of ice and top with soda.
Bloom Jasmine & Rose Gin
If you want to try this one, get in quick, as it’s a limited edition that won’t be around forever. Staying true to its name, Bloom pink gin is big on floral flavours and fragrance, it was created by one of the world’s first female Master Distillers, Joanne Moore.
The neck tag will feature the best way to try this gin, over ice with a premium tonic, fresh mint and blackberries. The taste is smooth and sophisticated with a touch of sweetness, complemented by floral notes.
Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin
It is no secret that Chase distillers make some seriously tasty spirits and their pink gin, flavoured with pink grapefruit and pomelo is no exception. This smooth and creamy gin has punchy citrus aromas and isn’t as typically sweet as some of the others we have mentioned.
Try this gin with a traditional tonic water or go for something slightly different like pink lemonade and garnish with a twist of fresh grapefruit peel.
M&S Think Pink Gin
This Marks & Spencer gin has infused tart cranberries and aromatic bitters to develop their signature London Dry Gin even further. You can expert gorgeous flavours of coriander seeds, citrus peel, angelica, orris root and fennel seeds, which balances the dryness beautifully.
Malfy Gin Rosa
Malfy brings us a gin in a delicate shade of pink that has a refreshing, zesty flavour. It's not too sweet but it is still softer than your usual dry gins. The Rosa is the fourth gin from this brand, joining the original, lemon and orange varieties.
This is another gin that you should stick to mixing with tonic. The tonic seems to increase the aromatic quality of the gin, heightening the flavours of the grapefruit and rhubarb.
Trying pink gin for the first time
We are sure that there aren’t many people out there that haven’t tried pink gin yet, but if you haven’t then make sure you do it right. Invest in some of the gins we have mentioned above, make sure you have lots of ice in the freezer and bring out the gin goblet glasses. Pick your mixer of choice and throw in some berries to experience these gins in the best way possible.