Pink Gin

Pink Gin

Pink Gin



  • Chill a cordial glass until quite cold.
  • Build drink directly in glass. Add 4 dashes of bitters. Then add oz. of gin. Gently stir in glass. Then add ½ oz. of ice cold water on top. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes on Pink Gin

Angostura bitters were once marketed as a treatment for sea sickness. The British Royal Navy was using the bitters aboard their vessels. Because of this and the Naval officers predilection for gin— the origin of Pink Gin is often attributed to them.

By the 1870’s, you could find the Pink Gin at pubs across the country.

While bitters remain a popular ingredient in gin drinks, including the gin and tonic; the Pink Gin is relatively obscure today. You’re more likely to find pre-bottled Pink Gins like The Bitter Truth’s Pink Gin.

Going back to the Pink Gin’s origin story, if indeed it is true that it originated aboard British Royal Navy vessels, than the gin should be Plymouth. And Navy Strength at that.

As the Pink Gin is a bit bracing as it is being nearly straight gin— we’re going to need some chilled water to make it a bit more quaffable.

Last updated June 19th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll