Happy Hour: Pink Gin

Perhaps the simplest cocktail we’ve ever discussed.

One of the best things about drinks is their versatility. Some are extremely complex, requiring many steps towards perfection. Others are a bit more simple. Depending on your taste, there’s one for everyone. Today’s libation is of the latter, consisting of only 2 ingredients plus a garnish.

The Pink Gin dates back to the late 19th century when it was developed by the Royal Navy as a cure for sea sickness. Sweet Plymouth gin was a popular drink of the day. When seamen would get sick, they’d be prescribed Angostura Bitters, which as their aptly named, are quite bitter. The decision to add sweet gin was made to make the concoction more palatable. Over time, the amount of gin grew and bitters decreased until what remained was a now classic cocktail.

Bars began to serve the beverage as an easy to make option and eventually it even spread to the higher quality establishments under the fanciful moniker, Pink Gin.

What you’ll need to enjoy this beverage is just what you read…

2 ounces of Plymouth (or similarly sweet) gin

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a champagne coup or over ice, depending on preference. Garnish with a lemon twist.


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