There are cocktails that are having their moment in pop culture now, and there are classic cocktails that had their moment around the Prohibition Era, meaning that many people consumed them around the 1920s and 1930s. There are also other cocktails that had their moment in the 19th century, and the Pink Gin cocktail is one of them.
Invented by the Royal Navy in the 1800s, the pink gin cocktail was originally used to treat sea sickness, but eventually spread across bars by the late 19th century. It is also commonly known as a “gin and bitters.”
- 2 ounces of gin
- 3-4 dashes of angostura bitters
- 1 lemon twist
- Combine gin and bitters in the cocktail shaker over ice.
- Stir well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist (optional).
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
- Stirring spoon
The cocktail ends up with a pink hue, because of the bitters. This makes it a great choice for a girls night out or a romantic holiday, or any holiday or occasion that has a pink theme. Tonic lovers also choose to include tonic in their pink gin cocktails, although it is not part of the original recipe. Often times, the pink gin cocktail is utilized as an aperitif, or an after-meal drink. For those who prefer a sweet garnish, strawberries are a natural choice. A descendant of Dickens even included a burnt pink gin recipe, where one teaspoon of angostura bitters are burnt, in his book, Drinking with Dickens. Although the cocktail may not be very popular today, the drink has been referenced in all sorts of places when it comes to popular culture. For example, it has been referenced in Perfect Strangers, a 1945 British drama film, The Cruel Sea, which is another British drama film made in 1953, and A Touch Of Larceny, a British film made in 1960. It should be mentioned that the drink seems to have been popular in the UK, but never fully reached a level of global popularity. For gin lovers, or simply if you love the color pink, try one today!