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Pink Gin

The Pink Gin cocktail is a simple yet flavorful libation known for its elegant appearance and balanced taste. Originating in the 19th century among British sailors, it was originally enjoyed as a medicinal tonic to alleviate seasickness. The cocktail's distinctive pink hue comes from the addition of aromatic bitters, which also impart a unique flavor profile to the drink.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) gin

  • A few dashes of aromatic bitters

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

  • Cocktail strainer

  • Chilled coupe glass or old-fashioned glass

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of gin into the mixing glass.

  3. Add a few dashes of aromatic bitters to the gin.

  4. Stir the mixture gently with a mixing spoon for about 20-30 seconds to chill the ingredients and properly incorporate the bitters.

  5. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass or old-fashioned glass.

  6. Optionally, garnish with a lemon twist or a cocktail cherry.

Flavor Profile:

The Pink Gin cocktail offers a harmonious balance of botanical flavors from the gin and the aromatic complexity of the bitters. It has a smooth and slightly spicy taste with a subtle pink hue, making it a sophisticated choice for cocktail enthusiasts.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing the Right Gin: The choice of gin greatly influences the flavor of the Pink Gin cocktail. I think that a classic London dry gin works best, providing a strong foundation for the cocktail's flavor.

  • Balancing Bitters: The amount of aromatic bitters used can vary depending on personal preference. Start with a few dashes and adjust according to taste. Don't be afraid to experiment with different bitters to find your ideal balance.

  • Chilling Technique: Properly chilling the Pink Gin cocktail is essential for achieving the ideal drinking temperature. Stirring the cocktail with ice for about 20-30 seconds ensures proper dilution and chill without compromising the flavors. I prefer stirring the Pink Gin cocktail rather than shaking it to maintain a silky-smooth texture and prevent excessive aeration.

  • Garnish Options: While a lemon twist or a cocktail cherry are classic garnishes for the Pink Gin cocktail, consider experimenting with other options such as grapefruit zest or a sprig of fresh rosemary for a unique twist.

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