Last Updated on February 25, 2020 by Fiona Maclean
The perfect Raspberry Gin Cocktail for Valentine’s.
A Valentine’s Day cocktail presents a particular challenge for me. I’m not overly keen on sweet, floral drinks but I do like the opportunity to serve something a bit different. Though Champagne on its own is always good, I like being just a little bit creative. I’m also allergic to strawberries so a lot of pink gin is off-limits to me. Pinkster Royale raspberry gin liqueur is different though. The whole range is made from raspberries – so works brilliantly for me. There’s no added sugar – it’s just the raspberries they grow themselves infused with gin. And, from a taste point of view, I prefer the slightly acidic notes of raspberries to other ‘pink’ ingredients like rose petals. Of course, it’s all about personal preference of course, but if you wanted a sweeter drink, you could easily add simple syrup to your cocktail.
Pinkster Royale is the perfect solution for me. Made from the raspberries left over from creating Pinkster gin, it’s an alcoholic cordial and at 24% ABV, you can sip it on its own or over ice. But you can also use it to make an ultra-simple raspberry gin cocktail just by adding the fizz of your choice.
I’ve been experimenting with champagne for the ultimate Valentine’s Day raspberry gin cocktail and I loved the end result. Just 50ml of Pinkster Royale topped up with champagne to 125ml makes a delicious naughty drink. The ultimate easy cocktail.
I also tried making a low-alcohol raspberry gin cocktail. After visiting the Real Kombucha brewery, I learnt that their light, premium Kombucha was recommended as a way to create cocktails. Using the Royal Flush instead of champagne worked really well. And of course, the result was a drink with about half the alcohol of a raspberry gin cocktail made with champagne or prosecco.
So, if you are trying to cut the amount of alcohol you are drinking then using kombucha is a good way to get all the taste without drinking too much. And, it’s a lower-calorie option too. Pinkster Royale doesn’t have any added sugar and Real Kombucha is around 40 calories a bottle.
Here is a printable recipe if you want to make a raspberry gin cocktail – either the champagne based one or the virtuous kombucha one. You should definitely try them both – after all – how else will you know which you prefer.
A simple Raspberry Gin cocktail - two versions - a standard fizz with champagne or a low alcohol version with kombucha
- 50 ml Pinkster Royale raspberry gin liqueur
- 75 ml Champagne or a high-quality Kombucha, or Prosecco
Pour the Pinkster Royale raspberry gin liqueur into a champagne flute
Top up with your fizz of choice
If all this healthy talk is too much, as you may have spotted in the top photo, I’ve also got a jar of gin jam to try. I’m planning to make a special Valentine’s dessert with it…
And, I’ve also been offered a bottle of Pinkster Royale to give to one lucky London-Unattached reader. All you need to do is follow the Rafflecopter through and let me know in the comments below what you think I should make for Valentine’s Day with my boozy gin jam.
If you are just not in the mood for a pink Valentine’s day raspberry gin cocktail, why not try my delicious white lady cocktail recipe with an orange twist.