Pink gin isn’t going anywhere! Over the last decade, the spirit has become synonymous with summer fun.
Whilst ‘pink’ gin once referred to a dry London gin with a splash of Angostura bitter, it now denotes a fruity and refreshing blend, often flavoured with fresh raspberries, strawberries, or even bitter grapefruit.
So, if you’re on the lookout for your perfect pink tipple or just in the mood to try something new, we’ve got all the ginspiration you need. Read on to discover our round up of the lesser-known pink gins you need to try!
Mermaid Gin, £40
Mermaid Gin is made with island strawberries, lemon zest and elderflower, and it’s a winning combination in our opinion! The gin itself is smooth, fresh and fruity, but it’s not sickly sweet. It also comes in the most beautiful bottle, which would look incredible displayed on any kitchen shelf or vintage cocktail cart. We loved it with light tonic and a thin slice of strawberry, but if you’re a lemonade fan, it works well with citrus flavours or ginger ale.
Mirabeau Rose Gin, from £30
According to its creators, Mirabeau gin is inspired by the botanical ingredients that grow on the rosè estate where it’s made. This also happens to be an area of Saint Tropez that has links to the world-famous perfume trade and, speaking of perfume, there’s definitely a distinct, floral taste to this spirit. It has hints of rose petals and jasmine, so if you’re a fan of dry rosé – or bitter aperitifs like Aperol – you’ll love it. It’s a great grown-up drink that’s perfectly sophisticated.
Didsbury Strawberry and Sicilian Lemon gin, £29.95 for 500ml
There’s only the faintest hint of pink in the colour of this summery spin on Didsbury’s classic gin, but the spirit itself is bursting with fruity flavour. Many flavoured gins are let down by an artificial chemical tang, but here the notes of sweet strawberries and tart lemon come through so naturally you can almost taste the fruit.
Pair with chopped strawberries or a sprig of basil to perfectly complement that aromatic Mediterranean flair.
We’ve learnt that honey, lavender and strawberries can be a match made in heaven, thanks to this very British gin from Keepr’s. A perfect balance of honey with fresh and floral ingredients combines to create a sweet but warming flavour. It’s definitely more ‘syrupy’ in texture than the other gins on this list – so much so that you could drink it neat quite easily – but we think it works best as a base for a sweet cocktail.
Manchester Gin, £35
Manchester Gin is an iconic brand, and their take on pink gin is definitely one to try if you have a bit of a sweet tooth. Drink it neat and the candyfloss pink liquid has a subtly sweet but smooth raspberry flavour, with a light citrusy scent. Add a splash of tonic, however, and the bubbles transform your drink into a sherbert-like fizz that tastes much like a Love Heart sweet. To dial up the sweetness even more, try mixing it with a dash of lemonade.
Salcombe Gin Rose Saint Marie, from £40
This beautifully light rosè gin is our new summer evening essential. The citrusy gin is is flavoured with lemon peel and orange blossom, and aptly named after the iconic ‘Sainte Marie’ lighthouse where sailing ships would be loaded with citrus fruits before setting off to England’s ports. Inspired by the Mediterranean coast, it’s fresh but not sweet – we think it’s best to drink it over ice with chilled tonic and a few slices of strawberry.
In comparison to Zymurgorium’s more wackier flavours – unicorn, marshmallow and Turkish delight to name a few – you’d be forgiven for thinking their pink flamingo gin seems comparatively normal.
Unlike traditional pink gins, however, this one isn’t flavoured with summer berries or bitter grapefruit. Instead, it’s inspired by the Caribbean and combines mango, pineapple and passion fruit with allspice and ginger – perfect for the summer!
Rattler Cornish Pink Gin, £39.50
Last but by no means least! You may be thinking something about this gin looks familiar, and you’d be right… it’s made by the same distillers – and with the same apples – that make the iconic Cornish Rattler cider. Fresh apples are pressed before being mixed with fresh raspberries in Cornwall’s oldest distillery. The result is a sweet pink gin that tastes best muddled with rose lemonade and a handful of blueberries.