Pink Gin Is A Thing & We Had No Idea

When we first heard of pink gin, we couldn't believe that Wölffer Estate Vineyard had been quietly producing it from its own rosé for several years. After all, it combined one of our favorite spirits with one of our favorite color trends. Then, we made another discovery — there's a whole world of pink gin we had no idea about.

While Wölffer's gorgeous bottle remains the only one made from distilled rosé, there's a tradition of pink gin that actually goes back hundreds of years. It started as a drink for British sailors. Made by combining gin and Angostura bitters, it was supposed to fight seasickness. Similar to gin and tonics, another drink that started out as a medicinal treatment, people came to like the taste and kept drinking it once they were back home in England.

Today, pink gin is made from all kinds of ingredients. In addition to many made the traditional ways, others are distilled with pink flowers, berries, and even rhubarb. While there is a whole range available in Europe, most that you can buy in the U.S. are imported or only available online from websites that specialize in importing British spirits. That might make it hard for us Americans to get our hands on currently, but we can only hope that, like the Beatles before it, pink gin is poised for a good old-fashioned British invasion. Our gin and tonics need it.

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The one that started our obsession, Wölffer uses distilled rosé wine as the base, then infuses it with botanicals. The color comes from adding just a touch of grape skin extract at the very end.

Wölffer Estate Vineyard Gin, $34, available in select liquor stores.
This gin, from Belgium, gets its hue from pink grapefruit.

Buss No. 509 Pink Grapefruit Gin, $49.01, available at Masters Of Malt.
Rogue, a west-coast brewer, ages its gin in Pinot Noir barrels, making it smoother (and pinker).

Rogue Pink Spruce Gin, $35.99, available at Hi-Time Wine Cellars.
In addition to botanicals, Pink Royal is infused with raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries. The bottle is based on a legendary pink diamond.

Pink Royal Dry Gin, $43.31, available at Master Of Malt.
After a trip to Tokyo, Burleigh's Dry Gin's distiller added cherry blossoms and other pink florals to create a limited-edition gin.

Burleigh's Dry Gin Pink Limited Edition, $46.86, available at The Whisky Exchange.
Warner Edwards Gin was founded in 2012, but the bottle gives it a cool, antique feel that includes an etched portrait of Queen Victoria.

Warner Edwards Victoria's Rhubarb Gin, $35.73, available at Master Of Malt.
This strawberry-infused gin is perfect for people who like their booze to be on the sweeter side.

Mombasa Club Strawberry Edition Gin, $34.63, available at Master Of Malt.
In addition to pink gin infused with pomegranate, Edgerton also sells a blue gin that's supposed to be earthier and spicier than classic gin.

Edgerton Original Pink Gin, $27, available at Master Of Malt.
Rather than getting pink from fruits, this comes from aromatic bitters, making it spicy rather than sweet.

Bitter Truth Pink Gin, $42.65, available at The Whisky Exchange.
Another tribute to Queen Victoria, Gin Lane 1751's pink gin is flavored with bitters in the traditional style.

Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink Gin, $29.99, available at Sherry's Wine & Spirits.
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