Refreshing and Delicious, easy Spiced Pink Gin cocktail recipe
Today is World Gin Day and a Saturday and it’s summer, can’t think of a better excuse to mix up some fabulously fragrant summer cocktails and share with a few friends! After all, can be anything more English than a fruity gin and tonic? Think Not!
So get your cocktail shakers ready for my crazy new cocktail which I have chosen to christen as the ‘Bombay Fever Pink Gin’.
This recipe is an offshoot of the iconic Pink Gin cocktail. Originating in Cuidad Bolivar – earlier known as Angostura, the capital of Venezuela’s Bolivar state, this cocktail rose to fame in England in the mid-19th century.
The cocktail is normally made with 4 parts of pink gin and a dash of the angostura bitters. Also a lime rind is added into to allow the oils to infuse into the drink. Served in a chilled highball glass with lots of ice and tonic water it makes for a refreshing and citrusy drink. I always avoid sweet tonic water as it defeats the purpose of adding the bitters. But to each his own and even sweet tonic water works.
I wanted to add a bit of extra spice (always works for me) into the recipe so I decided to crush some red peppercorns and slit a red chilli in the middle and hang it on the side, slowly adding its pungent heat into the drink. Obviously, then the glass must be chilled and the gin should be poured over ice before adding the tonic water. I also decided to leave the bitters out instead of ”in”. This is again a very personal choice, but for my recipe to really balance out the many different flavour profiles, leaving the bitters out works really well. This will allow the fruity Rhubarb and warming ginger to marry well with the hint of pungent undertones from the pink peppercorns and the red chilli leaving a pleasant warming aftertaste on the palate. And finally, the traces of lime from the lemon rind and the bitters in the background elevate this drink to another level of awesomeness!
Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb and Ginger flavoured Liqueur is infused with rhubarb which gives the gin and the cocktail a delicate rose colour and an intense aroma.
This gin is made in the heart of Scotland, at the Edinburgh distillery, where they create gins infused with beautiful botanicals. This gin pairs well with tonic, soda or lemonade, and is also fabulous in cocktails, with Champagne or simply poured over ice.
Spiced Pink Gin Cocktail Recipe
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail strainer
- Cocktail stirrer
- Chopping Board
- 60 ml Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and GingerLiqueur
- 2 drops angostura bitters
- 1 Red chilli split top to down and de-seeded
- 1 small Lemon rind
- 1/2 tsp Crushed pink peppercorns
- Mint to garnish
- Ice cubes
- Wash and wipe down your bestmartini glasses. Leave them to chill in the freezer ,the frostier the glass thebetter
- Crush the red peppercorns andadd into the cocktail shaker
- Add ice cubes into a glass and then add few drops of the angostura bittersinto athe glass and stir 4-5 times, then pour the bitters out. Use a stariner to ensure the flavoured ice-cubes don't fall out
- Pour the gin onto the ice andadd the crushed peppercorns stir gently allowing the flavour from the bittersand the peppercorns to mix well with the gin
- Add some lemon rind into the glass and muddle the drink using a stirrer
- Top with tonic water
- Remove the frosted Martini glasses from the freezer and strain the gin cocktail into the frosted Martini glasses
- Rest one half of a split red chill on the side of each glass
- Gently crush a fresh mint leaf and add into each cocktail glass
- Sip slowly and enjoy the sunshine
Mix-strain-repeat! It’s #WorldGinDay after all so kick any guilt away by thinking of the many gin lovers who are enjoying their favourite spirit too.
I must admit, I have a really good time reading all about the history, production and cocktail recipes with gin. Here are links to a few recipes and articles by some of my food blogger friends who appreciate England’s national spirit as much as I do:
- Helen’s Gin and Melon Slushie
- Claire’s Raspberry Gin Trifle
- Helen G’s Vegan Gin & Gooseberry Jelly
- My recipe for Pomegranate Cocktail
- My recipe for Festive Hot chocolate Vodka Martini with chilli cocktail
Curious to know how the World Gin Day came into being? Head to their website here, but be warned you might just get crazy gin cravings after!
To Purchase Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur head to stockist Amazon UK by clicking here
*With thanks to Amazon U.K for sending me a sample of Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur. No monetary compensation was offered for a positive review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.