Pink Gin

Some days, when I get back home after a long day of prepping for and teaching a class at night, I just want to collapse on the couch with a glass of wine. And inevitably of course, some days I get back home and realize I don’t actually have any wine around the house.

Yesterday was one of those days. I got back home close to 10pm with a slice of pizza and just didn’t feel like trekking back out again, especially in the wind and snow. So I did the next best thing: make myself a gin cocktail.

Pink gin is the ideal cocktail for someone who really likes the taste of gin (me). It’s practically gin straight up. It was a popular drink in 19th century England and is widely believed to have been first created in the Royal Navy. At the most basic level, it’s just gin and a few drops of Angostura bitters, which adds the pink hue, and served with a twist of lemon.

Instead of the complete barebones approach, I like to add a bit of water and lemon juice to mellow it out. You can also add a bit of tonic or seltzer instead, or make a sweeter fizzy version with simple syrup and splash of white wine.

It may still be minimalist, but then again, so are many other good things in life.

Pink Gin

Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Seltzer, tonic water, or plain water to top off
  • A few drops of fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • Twist of lemon peel for garnish (optional)

  1. Combine the gin, bitters, ice, water, and optional lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for a bit, until the liquid is very cold, and strain into a small glass. Add a twist of lemon to garnish if you’d like, and serve.


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3 Responses to Pink Gin

  1. Lynda March 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Great photo! My husband always teases me about how much I like gin cocktails. This seems like a drink that’s right up my alley.

  2. John S. March 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Awesome photo, looks great!

  3. Kasey March 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    I love gin cocktails and this one looks/sounds fantastic, Diana!


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