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Pink Gin

The history of pink gin dates back to the mid-19th century, initially devised by the Royal Navy as a medicinal concoction. Its primary components were gin, known for its juniper-induced zest, and angostura bitters, a potent blend of herbs and spices. The bitters were added to gin to help alleviate seasickness among sailors. The pinkish tint that gave the drink its name was derived from these bitters, which were originally created by a German doctor as a remedy for stomach maladies.

Over time, the functional beverage transcended its medicinal purpose and was adopted by English gentlemen as a pre-dinner drink, commonly referred to as "Gin and Bitters". It became a staple in the cocktail repertoire of the British elite, a symbol of sophistication.

Fast forward to the 21st century, pink gin has evolved significantly. It no longer solely refers to the classic combination of gin and bitters but now encompasses a variety of gin-based spirits that carry a pink colouration. This modern iteration is not defined by the inclusion of angostura bitters but rather by its colour, which can be imparted by any number of natural ingredients such as strawberries, raspberries, red currants, or even rose petals.

Today's pink gin is a blend of the traditional dry gin with an array of botanicals and fruit essences, resulting in a spirit that is as versatile as it is vibrant. The botanicals used in traditional gin - like coriander, citrus peels, and juniper - are often complemented by these new additions, which impart a fruity and floral character that makes pink gin gentler and more accessible than its classic counterpart.

The popularity of pink gin has soared due to its appeal to a broader demographic. Its subtle sweetness, appealing colour, and aromatic complexity attract not only seasoned gin aficionados but also newcomers to the spirit. It has become a centrepiece of modern-day celebrations and casual get-togethers, often enjoyed in the form of a gin and tonic, a spritz, or various creative cocktails.

The presentation of pink gin has become part of its allure. It’s often served in elegant glassware, garnished with berries or a twist of citrus peel, and sometimes accented with herbs like mint or rosemary. This attention to detail in service enhances the overall drinking experience, rendering it not just a beverage but a sensory delight!

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