Pink gins have become crazy popular, made with a variety of ingredients from berries to cherry blossom. Pinkster Gin, however, was one of the first pink gins to lead the way. Their premium British pink gin is made with carefully selected juicy raspberries from the outskirts of Cambridge.
What is pink gin?
Originally, the slight pink hue was created by adding angostura bitters into gin. This was supposed to help with seasickness (a great tip for anyone on a cruise!), and eventually the sailors brought the recipe to the mainland, making it ever so popular.
The base spirit is triple-distilled with five key gin botanicals, including juniper and black peppercorn, and after distillation, the gin is left to macerate with the famous raspberries and two more botanicals. The brand is committed to using only the freshest fruit. The leftover gin-fuelled raspberries are then used to make jam and liqueur.
For Pinkster it is not all about the pretty pink colour, they focus on creating a damn good gin. It is not sickly sweet, and the raspberries aren’t overpowering. The taste is slightly tart with subtle sweetness. Juniper is nicely present with a hint of pepper and coriander. The original perfect serve is with Fever-Tree Tonic and slightly bruised mint leaves, but there are many wonderful ways you can create a delicious drink with Pinkster.
35ml Pinkster Gin
25ml Raspberry liqueur (this can be replaced with syrup)
15ml Lemon juice
Dash of sugar syrup (optional)
Shake all but Prosecco in a Boston shaker. Strain into a Champagne flute and top up with Prosecco or other sparkling wine. Garnish with a raspberry.
Winter Pinkster & Tonic
50ml Pinkster Gin
Premium tonic water
Orange slice with cloves
Mix all in a highball filled with ice, garnish with an orange slice and cloves. You can also use Fever-Tree Aromatic tonic water and skip the bitters altogether.
60ml Pinkster Gin
25ml Homemade raspberry syrup
15ml Lemon juice
Dry shake all ingredients in a Boston shaker, add ice and shake again. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with heart-shaped sweets.
Valentine’s Day Competition!
You might have seen Pinkster Gin Limited Edition Valentine’s Day bottles before… Unfortunately, they have decided to stop them for now, but there is still some stock left so I have teamed up with Pinkster to give you a chance to win a bottle of their (very limited) limited edition design.
Competition ends 14th February 2019. UK entries only.
If you want to make sure to get yourself their limited edition bottle before stock runs out, head over to the Pinkster Gin website.
Disclaimer: In paid collaboration with Pinkster Gin.