If there’s one type of gin that’s really rocketed in popularity over the years it’s pink gin. Traditionally regarded as a cocktail made fashionable in England in the mid-19th century, it originally consisted of Plymouth Gin and Angostura Bitters. The dark red bitters turned the gin a pretty pink colour.
Nowadays, however, there’s a wide range of blush-coloured gins to choose from. What makes a pink gin can vary from brand to brand. It can be a liqueur or a gin; branded a pink gin or not branded a pink gin at all.
It’s really down to the ingredients which makes the gin turn that glorious shade. Typical ingredients can include rhubarb, raspberry, cherry blossom, gooseberry and grapefruit.
What’s ideal is that in recent times there’s no need to mix gin together at all; these ready made options come ready to pour.
Here are the essential pink gins that have been chosen from a combination of quality and their impact on recent popularity.
Please note: Our guide does contain some shop links, but the picks are based entirely on our own taste tests and reviews.
Quite possibly the quintessential pink gin, Pinkster launched in 2013. Its characteristic blush hue is drawn from raspberry. Simply mix it with with your favourite tonic water or create a gloriously pink Martini.
Feeling adventurous? The brand also do their very own gin jam and boozy berries, perfect for creating an easy-peasy raspberry gin cheesecake. It even comes with its very own Valentine’s Day special edition each year.
What we love about Copeland Gin is there’s not just one tantalising tipple to enjoy; there’s three. Rhuberry is rhubarb and blackberry, then there’s Raspberry and Mint.
You can even buy a Spiced Apple & Blackcurrant version to sip all through winter.
Copeland Gin (37.8% ABV), 700ml.
The English Drinks Company – Pink Gin
We’ve raved about The English Drinks Company on quite a few occasions (see our best gin guide, for instance) and their Pink Gin is also exceptional.
The gin uses a delicious blend of pomegranate and cinchona bark to create their own original take on the popular blush tipple.
Not only does it make for a great G&T, you can even create the dreamiest gin parfait with it!
The English Drinks Company – Pink Gin (40% ABV, 70cl) £35, Gin Kin Shop
Gin 1689 – Queen Mary Pink
A quality Dutch pink gin, Gin 1689 – Queen Mary Pink Gin adds strawberries and raspberries into its original mix. The gin has a sweet and fruity aroma, similar to that of a raspberry jam or a strawberry pavlova, while, to the taste, expect sweet, berry notes, a delicate floral taste, hints of citrus and a subtle hint of piney juniper.
Gin 1689 – Queen Mary Pink Gin (38.5% ABV, 70cl) | Review: See here
A wonderful pink gin hailing from Scotland, Kintyre Gin is distilled with Scottish raspberries and oats, giving it a unique delicate fruity flavour with a creamy finish.
If you love the taste of Scottish Cranachan, or are just simply intrigued to try it, we fully recommend trying a glass of this.
Kintyre Pink Gin (40% ABV, 50cl) £30, Gin Kin Shop.
Beefeater London Pink
Beefeater gin are at the top of the industry for one very simple reason: quality. The brand has since shown it understands how to combine that traditional quality with more modern sentiments.
Beefeater London Pink is a light, fruity taste of strawberry and juniper in a glass, perfect for enjoying on ice on a sunny day.
Beefeater Pink (37.5% ABV, 70cl)
Pin Gin Premium Pink
Pin Gin Premium Pink is a delicious pink gin, offering a sweet nose with a dry finish guaranteed to have you dreaming of summer sunshine. Fruity botanicals include strawberry, orange, and lemon while rose and lavender adds in a touch of floral notes.
Pin Gin Premium Pink (40% ABV, 70cl) Gin Kin Shop
Pink Elderflower and Jasmine Gin
Not only is Old Curiosity Pink Elderflower & Jasmine delightful on the palate, it also features a touch of colour changing magic. Mix it with tonic to see the colour change from salmon to vibrant pink.
Old Curiosity – Pink Elderflower & Jasmine Gin (39% ABV, 50cl) Gin Kin Shop
Edgerton Original Pink
Made in London using 15 botanicals, Edgerton Pink Gin contains notes of orange and plum.
Its beautiful pink hue is encased in a tall, classy bottle that is reminiscent of a good rosé wine.
Edgerton Pink Gin, 700ml (43% vol)
Puerto de Indias
Gin can often feel like a holiday in a glass and Puerto de Indias is the very definition of this. This Spanish gin is a strawberry delight that will make you smile in moments. Be sure to load up on the ice!
Puerto de Indias (37.5% ABV, 700ml) | Review: See here.
Manchester Gin Raspberry Infused
Looking as though it’s been kissed by raspberries is Manchester Gin Raspberry Infused.
Not only does it look a treat, it uses local and northern flavours such as dandelion and burdock root to bring the gin to life.
Manchester Gin Raspberry Infused (40% ABV, 500ml)
Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled
Hardcore gin lovers may be inclined to look elsewhere but there’s no doubt the brand’s Premium Pink Distilled gin has really brought pink gin back into the public consciousness.
Normally retailing under the £20 mark, the budget buy is available to buy in most supermarkets.
Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin (37.5% ABV)
Daffy’s Red Gooseberry Gin
Sometimes a limited edition release comes along and really grabs your attention. That’s the case with Daffy’s Red Gooseberry Gin.
Don’t be deceived by the ‘red’ in the name, this gin is a pretty pink in the glass and tastes just as nice.
Daffy’s Red Gooseberry Gin (41.4% ABV, 700ml)
Greenall’s Wild Berry
For over 250 years, Greenall’s has been handcrafted by England’s oldest gin distillers. This pink version takes that award-winning recipe and infuses it with blackberries & raspberries.
As well as a luscious fruity taste, Greenall’s Wild Berry also has a pretty decent price tag that won’t break the bank.
Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin (37.5% ABV, 70cl)
Solway Spirits – Rhubarb Crumble Gin
Solway Spirits have a way of making gin seriously inventive. As well as a Raspberry Ripple liqueur, their Rhubarb Crumble Gin really caught our imagination.
Rhubarb gin is so popular right now and with good reason. Featuring a light pink hue in a glass, this delicious gin has hints of a warm rhubarb crumble to the taste.
Rhubarb Crumble Gin – Solway Spirits (40% ABV, 700ml)
Slingsby Rhubarb Gin
One gin that has really boosted the popularity of rhubarb in gin is Slingsby.
Made with locally sourced botanicals, it also features hints of raspberry and pink grapefruit.
Slingsby Rhubarb Gin (40% ABV, 70cl)
Botanic Kiss Gin
Those looking for something premium to add to their glass should check out Botanic Kiss Gin.
Its vibrant pink hue is encased in a glorious cubical case and features a very fruity aroma on the nose.
Botanic Kiss Gin (37.5% ABV, 700ml)
Hortus Pink Gin Liqueurs – Best Budget Buy
We’ve tried our fair share of pink gin liqueurs but we have to say Lidl’s own brand is delightful.
Choose Raspberry or Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur and have it on ice or with mixer. It might lack depth compared to other distillery pink liqueurs but at its price point (usually under £12) it’s not a bad addition to your cupboard.
Available in-store at Lidl (50cl, 20% ABV)
Poetic License Picnic Gin
We love that Poetic License can be experimental with the flavours of their line-up (Espresso gin, anyone?). Picnic Gin is no different.
We’d most definitely want to take this strawberry delight to any picnic.
Poetic License Picnic Gin (37.5% vol, 700ml)
The Bitter Truth Pink
You might already be familiar with the brand’s Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set. This gin comes with similarly quirky branding.
The gin is both fruity and floral; smooth and distinctive. It also features a vague hint of spice from the liquorice, caraway and fennel.
The Bitter Truth Pink Gin (40% ABV, 700ml)
If you’re looking for a great budget buy, look no further than Lidl’s Hortus Pink Gin Liqueurs. They’re simply irresistible when added to pink lemonade.
For those who love to taste something new in their glass, however, Poetic License’s Picnic Gin, The Old Curiosity Pink Elderflower & Jasmine Gin and Solway Spirit’s Rhubarb Crumble Gin have really thought outside of the box.
If you’ve got around £30 to spend, you really can’t go wrong with a bottle of Pinkster or Slingsby but don’t overlook just how special local gins can be. As Kintyre Pink proves, you might just discover an extra special twist!