The Gin Professors
The Pink Gin Cocktail
We’re continuing to keep things pink this month. This time we’re trying our hand at the aptly named Pink Gin Cocktail.
The drink dates back to the 19th century when members of the Royal British Navy were given "medicinal" bitters for their health and to treat seasickness. They discovered that mixing the bitters with their rationed gin made the bitter concoction more palatable. A few dashes gave the gin a pink hue and improved the taste of the subpar gin they were probably used to back then. Eventually the drink washed ashore to the mainland and became a popular drink for the masses.
Today, we have a range of bitters and a variety of botanical-rich gins to choose from. Some distillers have created their own pink gins with the bitters already added for your convenience.
2½ oz Plymouth gin 1-4 dashes of Angostura bitters
Pour the gin over ice and add the dashes of bitters. Stir gently for 30 seconds or until the gin is chilled well. Strain into a martini or coupe glass.