Pink has taken over the drink world. From the explosion of rosé wine to the point that a summer shortage has become a regular occurrence for the well-heeled jet set in the Hamptons to the prevalence of rose colored tequila and vodka. You can’t escape it. But that’s all just people jumping on the pink bandwagon. The original pink drink goes back centuries.
Pink Gin sounds like it might sweet, with hints of strawberries and unicorn dust. But don’t be misled. This simple, two-ingredient cocktail is strong—it’s essentially a glass of chilled gin (so make sure you use a good one). Pink Gin gets its coloring from a few dashes of Angostura bitters, which also add bright, spiced flavors to the drink. The cocktail supposedly originated with the British Royal Navy who used it as a cure for seasickness. When sailors came ashore, they brought the recipe with them, and by the mid-1800s it was the drink of choice at posh establishments. Though it eventually fell out of favor, Pink Gin was recently rediscovered by bartenders and bottled by distillers. It’s easy enough to make at home, though, requiring just a swirl of a glass, a stir of a spoon and a spritz of lemon oil.