This pink gin fizz is brightly colored and delicately flavored, gently aromatic and not too sweet. Perfect whether you are specifically looking for a pink cocktail or just want to try something a little different.
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When we were living in Australia I got much more into drinking gin than I had for a while. Gin and tonic used to be a traditional pre-dinner drink when we had dinner with my grandfather years ago, but over time, it has been less of a go-to.
The Australian weather certainly helped it feel perfect for G&Ts, whether plain or adapted like my St Germain gin and tonic. Similar to the UK, Australia has been seeing a boom in local gin producers recently. This led to some really good options to choose from.
Quite a few use local aromatics, like wattleseed, myrtles and finger lime to play around with the flavor profiles. (If you're interested, I found the Gin Queen wrote this article explaining many in more detail.) Personally I really like more aromatic gins and I found a few favorites while we were there.
While I haven't found Aussie gins since returning, I have at least found some favorite British ones and made use of them a little more than before. This bright variation on a gin fizz is a lovely choice that's so easy to make, too.
What is a gin fizz?
A gin fizz is a combination of gin, lemon, simple syrup and soda water, plus often egg white for a foamy top. If you think that sounds a little familiar, it may be because it's essentially a gin sour with added bubbles. Or else a little like a Tom Collins but made slightly differently. Plus the latter doesn't ever have egg white.
Sours are a style of cocktail that have been around for probably longer than anyone can really pinpoint. They are spirit heavy, with some citrus, usually lemon, and simple syrup (or sugar and water).
Some stories suggest they were created based on sailor rations. Lime or lemons to help prevent scurvy and, possibly, to water down the spirit to save the sailors drinking too much too fast.
The fizz is a more recent variation that lightens up the the drink by diluting it slightly, but only a little. This is not quite as long a drink as a Tom Collins typically is, so it's still relatively spirit-forward. But this means you really get to appreciate the flavors.
How is it pink?
As you can imagine, there's more than one way to make a drink pink. Sometimes that involves a colored/flavored spirit, like my kir imperial with raspberry liqueur/chambord. In others, it's some muddled fruit or fruit juice, like my pomegranate margarita.
The other way is by switching any simple syrup used to a pink one, like my rhubarb southside cocktail and here, using grenadine in place of simple syrup. I've used homemade grenadine as the flavor and ingredients are better than most bought versions, and it's easy to make, too. It adds a lovely bright color to this cocktail, as well as a gentle flavor.
Some versions of this drink use pink gin or add in sparkling wine (and maybe make it rose to add some more color) but I have to say I really like it this way. Though it can always be fun to try other ways and compare, of course.
What type of gin is best?
With a drink like this with only a few ingredients, you are going to taste the gin, so make sure you choose accordingly. You don't have to go for your most expensive one, of course, but a good London dry or Old Tom gin would be great. And different styles will give you a slightly different end drink.
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This pink gin fizz is easy to make, with a lovely color and flavor. It's light, bright and perfect for so many occasions. Cheers!
Try these other easy cocktails:
- Sloe gin fizz (similar but different to this - made with sloe gin and not shaken, easy and tasty)
- Calvados sour(a lovely apple-y, fresh sour)
- Blackberry bourbon smash (a lovely fruity but still relatively strong mix)
- Plus get more cocktail recipes in the archives.
Pink gin fizz
- 2 fl oz gin
- 1 fl oz lemon juice
- ¾ fl oz grenadine homemade or real grenadine if at all possible
- ½ fl oz egg white (½ oz is approx ½ an egg white)
- 1 fl oz soda water approx
- Place the gin, lemon juice, grenadine and egg white in a cocktail shaker and shake well without ice so that all of the ingredients are well combined.
- Add ice (at least 4 - 6 good sized pieces) and shake again until the drink is well chilled. Strain into a glass and top up with soda water, around 1 - 2 oz (30-60ml).
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Gorgeous color! Perfect for Valentine's Day!
Thank you, and yes I think so too!