Pink Gin Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Pink Gin is a classic cocktail that dates back to the mid-19th century. It was originally created by the British Royal Navy as a way to make their daily ration of gin more palatable. The addition of Angostura bitters not only added a pleasant flavor but also helped to combat seasickness. Over time, the cocktail became popular among British officers and eventually made its way into civilian life.

  • The cocktail has a rich naval history and was favored by British officers
  • Pink Gin became popular in civilian life as well, especially in the UK
  • The addition of Angostura bitters helped to combat seasickness and improve the taste of the gin

How Pink Gin Tastes?

Pink Gin has a complex taste that is both bitter and sweet, with a strong herbal and botanical flavor from the gin and bitters. The cocktail is also slightly spicy, with a hint of citrus and a warm, lingering finish.

Interesting facts about Pink Gin

  • Pink Gin is sometimes referred to as 'Gin and Bitters'
  • The cocktail is traditionally served without ice, but modern variations may include ice or even be served as a long drink with tonic water
  • The pink color comes from the Angostura bitters, which are made from a blend of herbs and spices


A few good options for Pink Gin are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The star of the show, gin brings the botanicals to the party. It's not just any spirit; think of it as the sophisticated cousin of vodka who knows a thing or two about herbs and spices. Using 2oz strikes just the right balance between too shy and overbearing. With less, you'd miss the fragrant symphony; with more, the bitters would be playing catch-up. No gin? Try vodka for a simpler concoction, but remember, you'll be missing out on those sultry botanical whispers.

Emma Rose

Angostura Bitters

These are the spice rack of the cocktail world, a concoction so mysterious that the recipe is a well-guarded secret. Like a pinch of salt in a chocolate cake, 4 dashes elevate the gin's botanicals without overpowering them. If omitted, you'll have a gin martini's distant cousin who wasn't invited to the party. Swap bitters for orange or Peychaud's for a twist; you'll walk a different flavor street but still end up in delicious town.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Twist

The unsung hero. This ribbon of citrus brightens up the proceedings like a smile from your crush. It's that burst of sunlight after a storm—or in this case, after the deep complexity of gin and bitters. Forget it, and you'll miss an essential zesty zing. Swap for an orange twist if you like your cocktails with a little extra sweetness.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Pink Gin Drink

  1. Chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice and water, then set aside
  2. In a mixing glass, combine 2oz of gin and 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
  3. Stir the mixture for 20-30 seconds to combine and chill
  4. Empty the ice and water from the cocktail glass
  5. Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality gin for the best flavor
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer
  • Stir, don't shake the cocktail to prevent dilution

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Plates: The botanicals in gin complement a wide array of cheeses, especially those with a creamy texture such as Brie or Camembert.
  • Salty Snacks: Salty nuts or pretzels can contrast nicely with the bitterness of the Angostura and the fresh zest from the lemon.
  • Seafood: Particularly oysters or smoked salmon, which would benefit from the gin's crispness and the citrusy garnish.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: A simple grilled chicken would pair nicely as the Pink Gin does not overpower the delicate flavors of the poultry.
  • Light Pasta Dishes: Consider pairing with a pasta tossed in a lemon butter sauce to echo the lemon twist in the drink.


  • Fruit Tarts: The brightness of the gin and lemon can stand up to the sweet and tartness of the fruit.
  • Almond Biscotti: Dunk these in your Pink Gin to give a nutty undertone to the herbal and citrus notes.

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What you could change in Pink Gin

  • Gin: Can be replaced with vodka for a less botanical flavor
  • Angostura Bitters: Can be replaced with any aromatic bitters
  • Lemon Twist: Can be replaced with an orange twist for a different citrus note

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Cucumber Pink Gin

  • Ingredients: Replace lemon twist with a cucumber ribbon.
  • Recipe: Follow the same steps, but after pouring the gin mixture into the glass, garnish with a delicate ribbon of cucumber.
  • Description: The cucumber adds a spa-like freshness, creating a more garden-esque and hydrating rendition of the classic Pink Gin.

Spicy Pink Gin

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño to the glass.
  • Recipe: After stirring gin and bitters, muddle a slice of jalapeño in the glass, then strain the gin mixture over.
  • Description: The jalapeño brings a fiery kick to the cocktail, turning up the heat and adding an edgy contrast to the botanicals and bitterness.

Sweet Pink Gin

  • Ingredients: Add half an ounce of simple syrup.
  • Recipe: Combine gin, bitters, and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Stir and strain into the chilled cocktail glass, garnishing with a lemon twist.
  • Description: This twist is like giving your Pink Gin a sugar rush. Just sweet enough to be inviting, it'll smooth over the edges of the bitters for those with a sweeter tooth.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pink Gin

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Pink Gin

What other drinks can I make with gin?

There are several other popular cocktails that you can make with gin such as the Martini, Gin Fizz, Gin and Tonic, Tom Collins, and Negroni.

Are there different kinds of gin that I can use for Pink Gin?

Yes, there are several types of gin that you can use such as London Dry gin, Plymouth gin, Old Tom gin, and others. Each has their own flavor and aroma that can affect the taste of the Pink Gin.

Can I use another type of citrus for garnish?

Certainly! Lime, orange, or grapefruit peel could also be used as a garnish, although these may alter the cocktail's flavor.

Are there any non-alcoholic substitutes I can use in place of gin for Pink Gin?

Yes, there are several alcohol-free gins available on the market that you can use as an alternative.

If I am running low on gin, can I increase the amount of Angostura bitters in my Pink Gin?

Increasing the quantity of Angostura bitters may make the cocktail too bitter. It is advisable to use the recommended amount.

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