What is pink gin, exactly? Historically, pink gin referred to a simple cocktail composed of London Dry Gin and a few dashes of Angostura bitters, which turned the gin a pinkish color. Today, however, there are a number of spirits on the market referred to as "pink gin"—essentially gins that have been infused with additional botanicals or fruits like grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb, etc. They're not necessarily sweet, but do carry some lovely floral and fruit flavors with them. Lyre's makes a non-alcoholic version, their Pink London Spirit, that we absolutely love, and Carly created this delicious cocktail to showcase its complex yet refreshing flavors.
Carly's Pink Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipe)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
1 1/2 ounces pink gin
3/4 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3 full droppers All The Bitter New Orleans bitters
5 ounces soda water (to top)
Add pink gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
Strain into a highball glass with fresh ice, top with soda water, and give a brief stir to incorporate.
Garnish with a lemon slice.
Use whichever pink gin you prefer, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, but we highly recommend Lyre's Pink London Spirit.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Turn this delightfully refreshing cocktail into a low-ABV sipper by adding 1/2 ounce of alcoholic gin (pink or regular) to the shaker. Keep everything else the same, you'll just use a little less soda water to top if off.