Best pink gin 2020: Big names, batch distilled offerings and bags of flavour
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Pink gin. Two words that were always destined to go together and delight taste buds the world over. Brits just can’t get enough of the stuff - which is precisely why we thought it apt to compile our pick of the best pink gins around.
As pleasing on the eye as they are on the tongue, these gins really do taste as good as they look in your drinks cabinet - trust us, we’ve tried and tested them.
UPDATE:We've celebrated World Gin Day 2020 by compiling a list of some great things to do to celebrate gin - these include virtual tastings and some uniquely flavoured gins. While this is still the guide for the best pink gin, there's a lot in there about other gins, too.
We've also added Pinkster gin to our ShortList. Made with fresh raspberries (there's also a new gin jam if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary), this offering is well worth a try for fans of a pink tinted g&t.
The gins we’ve selected span the spending spectrum, with cut-price offerings and a few high-end additions for good measure. The entries on this list are also all ideal with a couple of ice cubes and a hearty serving of tonic.
Seeing as the cream always rises to the top, we suggest you upvote your personal favourites.
- More of a rum fan? Discover our pick of the best rum 2019.
Best pink gin
1. Pinkster Gin
If you're looking for a gin with a touch of something different, this rose tinted offering is made using fresh, juicy raspberries. Pinkster came about when founder Stephen realised wine and beer no longer agreed with him so, as a keen maker of sloe liqueurs, he decided to concoct something a little fresher. It's fruity, it's fresh - and there's also a gin jam if you're feeling exotic.
2. Limehouse Pink Gin
A fruity little offering packed with flavour, the red berries in this gin actually make it taste a little like drumstick lollies - I know, the nostalgia! It’s a light and smooth offering made right here in the UK - the perfect tipple when paired with tonic, naturally.
3. Cotswold No.1 Wildflower Gin
Cotswold Gin's latest pink-tinged offering pretty much constitutes the perfect summer spritz. Packed full of, you guessed it, wild flowers (and an intriguing range of other botanicals), Cotswold's No.1 Wildflower Gin features cornflowers, lavender, rhubarb root and orange to name but a few ingredients, making it an aromatic 41.7% ABV bottle.
4. Malfy Rosa Gin
This citrus-y little offering has a delightful kick of peppercorn in addition to the Pink Grapefruit and Rhubarb flavours. Its nautical-inspired frosted bottle contains a powerful 41% ABV offering - making it stronger than many in this list - and is blended using Italian grain and spring water to achieve its distinctive colour, flavour and strength.
5. Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin
A big name in (and out of) the pink gin world, Gordon’s pink gin is infused with raspberries and strawberries with a tangy edge of redcurrents. It’s sweet, it’s fruity and with 37.5% ABV, there’s no reason not to enjoy a second glass (responsibly, of course).
6. Greenalls Wild Berry Pink Gin
Combining the brand’s original dry gin with hints of blackberries and raspberries, this gin offering actually contains zero percent sugar - surprising, right? Only the ‘heart’ of the distilled batch is used (the best bit in the middle) and it comes in a delightfully attractive vibrant pink necked bottle.
7. Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin
Crafted in Herefordshire, Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin is a fresh and fruity addition to any drinks cabinet. With its citrus-y edge and juniper hints, this is a must for anyone who favours the bitter edge of grapefruit. It’s punchy, it has 40% ABV and it’s perfect neat or drunk with a tonic mixer.
8. Bloom Gin Jasmine and Rose
This jasmine and rose offering is an offshoot of the classic dry London gin we’ve come to expect from Bloom. With its smooth flavour and natural flavour of jasmine and rose petals, it’s definitely one of the more floral offerings out there. The bottle’s also worth a mention, as this offering would look impressive as part of any drinks cabinet.
9. Beefeater Pink Gin
This vibrant strawberry gin is a must for gin fans in search of London made gin with a classic, dry taste. Mixing the delicate taste of strawberry with lemon peel, almonds, seville orange peel and a dash of liquorice root, this offering is a fruitier variety of the classic London dry gin we’ve grown to know and love.
10. Whitley Neill Pink Grapefruit Gin
Taking inspiration from the citrus groves of Spain, Whitley Neill’s sweet and sharp gin is infused by Iberian Pink Grapefruit for a deliciously punchy flavour. With hints of lime flowers, cloves and chamomile to boot, this is an offering worth a sip (or three). It also comes in a pretty attractive looking bottle, y’know, in case that floats your boat.
11. Kopparberg Premium Strawberry and Lime Gin
A name your used to associating with cider as opposed to gin, Scandi brand Kopparberg has tried their hand at a vibrant pink gin. This 37.5% ABV is double distilled over a two-week period before being unleashed into the bottle. Suitable for both vegans and vegetarians, this offering ties in perfectly with a punch tasting tonic.
12. Graham Norton Pink Gin
As the name would suggest, this pink gin has been created by none other than legendary presenting personality Graham Norton. But back to the gin. This delicious offering is small batch distilled in West Cork and contains local rosehip, fuchsia petals and gooseberries alongside 12 different botanicals. Rose petals add to the colour and voila, Norton’s very own gin was born.
13. Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur
Sure, some people would consider this void from the list because it’s a liqueur, but over here at Shortlist we say: who cares?! It’s sweeter than your average - thus the liqueur element - but it’s a pretty delightful addition nonetheless. Packed with flavour - and distinctive ginger notes - this is a warming offering if ever we tasted it.