Pink Gin Spritz – the perfect summer drink:
It’s at this time of year that I’m trying to do my best to make summer last a little longer. Making a lovely fresh and summery cocktail when the sun is shining is just one way to achieve that. I’ve been trying a bottle of Gordon’s Pink – a Pink Gin that is made with an original recipe from the 1880s – which seems just perfect for a pink gin spritz. It’s flavoured with natural summer fruits – raspberries, strawberries and redcurrant blended with Gordon’s gin. The result, all packed into the prettiest bottle is a blushing pink gin that can’t help but remind you of summer sunshine. When you open the bottle, there’s a fabulous berry scent – Wimbledon, picnics in the park, hedgerows full of flowers and more. It’s overwhelmingly summer in a bottle.
Now, I’m allergic to fresh strawberries and the first time I tried this, it was clear it wouldn’t do me much good to continue. It is testament to the freshness of the ingredients that, while I can happily eat strawberry jam, I can’t drink this pink gin without suffering the same side effects I get from eating a bowl of strawberries. It’s deeply frustrating, but I ended up having to pass the bottle on to Simon (who is much better at making cocktails than me anyway!).
He is a fan of Fever-Tree tonics – and has been playing around with the flavoured ones to complement his version of a Pink Gin Spritz. If you DON’T have a strawberry allergy and would like to try for yourself, here’s his recommendation on how to make one for yourself.
A delicious pink gin spritz using Gordon's pink gin
- 50 ml Gordon's® Premium Pink Distilled Gin
- 50 ml tonic water we liked Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemon Tonic
- 50 ml Prosecco
- Fresh strawberries
Muddle a few strawberries to extract a couple of teaspoons of fresh juice.
Fill a large coupe glass with ice,
Add 50ml Gordon's Pink Gin
Top up the glass with 50ml Sicilian Lemon Tonic and 50ml Prosecco and mix together gently
Garnish with more fresh strawberries and serve
For a sweeter version use lemonade instead of lemon tonic
What we call pink gin these days bears little resemblance to what the Victorians would have recognised from the name. In fact, Gordon’s Pink Gin seems to be a fruit gin – and very delicious at that. I can make my own version of a pink gin spritz using a raspberry gin or even sloe gin – though it’s that lovely strawberry not that makes this drink so very summery. But, in the 19th century, pink gin was a drink made with bitters and gin – a bit like the Gimlet or even a classic Gin and Tonic – used by the Navy to treat sea-sickness. The original pink gin was so named because the bitters made the gin turn a rosy pink. Traditionally it was nothing more than gin and bitters – though most mixologists will add a twist of lemon and perhaps top the drink up with soda water.
The craze for pink gin is more to do with the popularity of rosé wines and fruit-based cocktails than to the historic use of the term. There is something of an obsession with all things pink. I love this pink port cocktail for instance and if you check our list of Easy Classic Summer Cocktails, you’ll find more to choose from. The fact that pink gin used to be something quite different, isn’t to say that fruit gins don’t have their own history. They can be lower in alcohol than normal gin and also sometimes contain sugar. Gordons Pink Gin is 37.5 ABV and does not have any added sugar other than that which comes from the fruits themselves (raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant).
If you are looking for a way to make summer last just that little bit longer – why not try for yourself. Sadly I’ll be sticking to regular Gin and Tonic or to Sloe Gin (which I love!) in the future. And, of course, having tasted a pink gin spritz you can guess that it is exactly what I am craving right now! Meanwhile, why not pin this post for later
Disclosure: I was provided with a bottle of Gordon’s Pink for the purpose of making a Pink Gin Spritz.