Pink gin isn’t going anywhere!
Once reserved for lounging in a beer garden on a warm summer evening, pink gin has become our go-to staple for glam nights out and chilled evenings in alike.
Whilst ‘pink’ gin once referred to a dry London gin with a splash of Angostura bitters, it now denotes a fruity and refreshing spritz that’s often flavoured with fresh raspberries, strawberries, or even bitter grapefruit.
The good news is that whether you’re partial to a sweet, citrusy fizz or prefer a crisp, clean drink with tonic, the chances are that someone has already created the perfect mix for you - you just need to find it!
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!
Mirabeau Rosè Gin, from £30
According to its creators, Mirabeau gin is inspired by the botanical ingredients that grow on the Provence rosé wine estate where it’s made. The elegant fluted bottle is inspired by the perfume industry in nearby Saint Tropez - and, speaking of perfume, there’s a distinct floral feel to this spirit. With hints of rose petals and jasmine, if you’re a fan of aromatic aperitifs you’ll love this grown-up drink, which is bursting with the sophistication of the French Riviera.
Manchester Gin, £35
Manchester Gin is an iconic brand, and their take on pink gin is ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth. Drink it neat and the candyfloss-pink liquid has a 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 - a grown-up take on a Love Heart. To bring the sweetness out even more, try mixing it with a dash of lemonade.
Mermaid Gin, £40
Mermaid Gin is made with fresh island strawberries, lemon zest and elderflower... and it’s a winning combination, in our opinion! The gin itself is fresh and fruity, but not sickly sweet - we loved it with light tonic and a thin slice of strawberry. As a bonus, it also comes in the most beautiful bottle that will look incredible in a drinks cabinet or on a vintage cocktail cart
Who would’ve thought gin inflused with honey, lavender and strawberries would prove to be a match made in heaven? This very British gin from Keepr’s has a perfect balance of naturally sweet honey with fresh and floral ingredients, which combine together 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 - so we think it works best as a base for a sweet spring cocktail.
Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie, from £40
This beautifully light rosé gin is our new summer evening essential. Named after an iconic lighthouse in Marseille, where ships would be loaded with citrus fruits before setting sail for England’s ports, Salcombe Sainte Marie pays tribute to its inspiration with notes of lemon peel and orange blossom. With its Mediterranean influence, we think it’s best to drink it over ice with chilled tonic and a twist of lemon.
Zymurgorium Flamingo Gin, from £20
In comparison to Zymurgorium’s more well known, wacky flavours – unicorn, marshmallow and Turkish delight to name a few - you’d be forgiven for thinking their pink flamingo gin is relatively normal. Unlike traditional pink gins, however, this one isn’t flavoured with summer berries or grapefruit. Instead, it’s inspired by the Caribbean, and combines mango, pineapple and passion fruit with allspice and ginger. Perfect party vibes for the summer!
Rattler pink gin, £39.50
If you're a cider drinker, 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.