Pink Gin And Tonic Cocktail
This Pink Gin And Tonic Cocktail is super easy to make, light and refreshing. Great for a summer party or celebration. Pair with a seafood appetizer or a nice appetizer board.
It is still summer, although it is going towards its end and I’m excited to share with you my favorite alcoholic cocktail this year.
It reminds me of pink lemonade and also this Pink Vodka Lemonade, but this one has a nice fruitier hint.
This is the second summer, I’m spending most of my time in Europe.
While last summer, I was obsessed with Aperol Spritz, this year I have a new favorite – a summer drink made with pink gin, tonic, ice, lemon, mint and berries (optional).
Where does gin and tonic come from?
Origin of the drink
Gin, tonic water, ice and maybe a slice of lime – this is how the famous gin tonic cocktail is made. But how was it created?
This famous cocktail was created by British soldiers in India in the 19th century, when Malaria was a present and big problem.
British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable, thus gin and tonic was born.
What is tonic water?
Not a seltzer, club soda or sparkling water – tonic water is different. These are all carbonated waters, but tonic water is known for its mild bitterness. In its basic form, tonic water is a sweetened, carbonated drink containing a dash of quinine, the source of that bitterness. It was originally used to fight malaria, because of its quinine content, which is now significantly lower, than it was in the past. Read more about tonic water here: source Wikipedia.
How to make pink gin and tonic cocktail?
Ingredients you need for the drink:
- Ice – either cuber or crushed ice
- Pink Gin – what does it really taste like?
- Tonic Water – here you have 2 options. You can either use regular tonic water or pink tonic. Yes, this summer I discovered this amazing fruity tonic water from Schweppes (not sponsored, but I’m mentioning the brand in case you would like to try it). This could totally be mixed with either pink or regular gin to create a pink gin and tonic cocktail. I find the pink tonic quite sweeter than regular though, and I’m not using it in this recipe.
- Lemon slices – this cocktail does need a citrus hint, because or the berry flavor coming from the pink gin and sweetness from the tonic. You can use a slice of lime or grapefruit instead of lemon. Orange slice can be added as well.
- Berries for serving – these are mainly for garnishing, but they absorb some of the alcohol, while sitting in the cocktail, so you can snack on them later. I used blackberries, but strawberries and raspberries can be also added.
- Mint leaves – mainly for garnishing, but I’ve seen pink gin tonics garnished with thyme or rosemary springs.
Fill a tall glass with either crushed ice or ice cubes.
Add the gin, then top with tonic water.
Garnish with berries, mint and lemon slice.
Brands of pink Gin:
While there are a lot of liquor brands that produce pink gin and sell it on the market, here are some of the ones I’ve tried and liked:
- Beefeater pink gin
- Bombay Bramble
- Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin – this is the one I used in this cocktail
- Hendrick’s Midsummer
- Gin Lane 1751 – Victoria Pink Gin
More summer cocktails:
Pink Gin and Tonic
- 50 ml pink gin
- 150 ml tonic — could use pink tonic
- 1/2 cup ice
- Lemon slice
- Berries for serving — optional
Add ice to a glass.
Pour the gin and add the tonic on top. Garnish with lemon slice, berries and mint (optional).