The Pink Gin

by Will on December 1, 2010

In England, this is a traditional Christmas drink. I tried it the first time about a year ago at a bar, but it wasn’t until I made it for myself that it won me over. It’s a pretty serious drink, for those already well versed in gin and Angostura.

1 1/2 oz. gin (I’d recommend Hendrick’s gin or something else with spicy, as opposed to floral, overtones)

Several dashes Angostura bitters

Stir on ice, serve straight up in a cocktail glass.

This drink has its origins in the coastal cities of England and its colonies, two centuries ago. Seamen, in pubs while on shore, would take the drink as a general curative. Gin was supposed to be a remedy for numerous illnesses, from the plague to gout. Angostura bitters, meanwhile, were and are an effective means of combating stomach sickness.


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Jen February 12, 2011 at 2:29 am

It really doesn’t look pink here, but the pink gin is actually very pink.


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