We’re in the middle of a depressing lockdown, so why not forget Dry January and go Pink Ginuary instead? Grab your balloon glass and fill it with all the juicy sweetness of a pretty pink gin. Here’s our favourites, which might go some way to lightening up those long dark nights…
58 Gin Apple & Hibiscus
A relatively new discovery for Luxe Bible, we’ve fallen in love with 58 Gin Apple and Hibiscus who say their gin is made from the heart. Through straight forward sourcing and simple techniques, 58 Gin based is beneath the railway arches in Haggerston, uses sustainable ingredients (like wonky Cox’s apples) and during lockdown, dedicated their business to making hand sanitiser.
Anyway, enough about how awesome they are, what about the gin? Well aside from having one of the most beautiful bottles we’ve ever seen, the apple and hibiscus with its pink hue, tastes of sweet juicy apples and floral hibiscus notes, is also free from artificial sugars and sweeteners.
It’s fresh, and balanced without being overpowering, and has a delicious smooth finish. Botanicals include pink grapefruit, angelica and vanilla and we loved drinking ours with tonic and a slice of citrus. Available from their very cool website 58Gin priced at £34 for a 70cl bottle, 43% ABV
You need a vintage drinks trolley to display this one! Pinkster Gin is made from juicy gin-soaked raspberries and boy can you taste them! Not only is the Pinkster bottle a super cool one, they’ve got the delicate colour just right, along with the right balance of sweetness.
With no added sugar, it’s a smooth rounded flavour produced with eight botanicals – five of which are part of the original recipe and used at the beginning of the process and three which are added during maceration. As the website says, all you need is ‘a sprig of well-spanked fresh mint’…
You can currently take part in their lockdown tasting workshop for two, just buy the kit here, kick back and watch the video on their website while you sip along.
Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin
Chapel Down’s beautifully British vineyards in Kent are home to award-winning wine, but they also make the most amazing gins including Chapel Down Bacchus Gin and our favourite – Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin.
Produced using pinot noir skins, this gin has the most beautiful pink hue, and is blended with wheat spirit for a highly aromatic balance of juniper, red berries and citrus.
Its gorgeous bottle has a crystal decanter style design, while the frosted upper half looks just like a wine bottle. With fruity, juicy berries on the nose, juniper and citrus with floral aromatics and a slight spice to taste and a crisp, refreshing finish, Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin is amazing when mixed into fruity, summery cocktails. 70cl 41.2% ABV. Available from Majestic priced at £40.
MOM LOVE Gin
MOM LOVE is a distilled premium gin with ‘royal sweetness!’. Made with beautifully sweet botanicals and red berries, you can really taste the fresh strawberries in every mouthful. Going through four distillations means MOM Love Gin has a super smooth, fresh taste and a vibrant pink hue. It makes the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or just because you fancy getting a gift for your lovely MOM!
Available to buy at: Ocado – £28, on offer at £24 from 17th Feb to 16th March
Amazon – £28 and free delivery
Master of Malt – £29.95
thedrinkshop – £23.22
Bestway – £19.99, on offer around Mother’s Day
37.5% ABV, 70cl
Mermaid Pink Gin
From The Isle of Wight Distillery comes a stunning gin – Mermaid Pink Gin’s sculpted scale bottle is environmentally friendly and oozes lusciousness. Combining the classic flavour of original Mermaid Gin with lemon zest, grains of paradise and rock samphire, this new twist infuses island grown juicy strawberries from the island’s Arreton Valley which are steeped for four days in the distillery for a gin which is just delicious.
Without too much sweetness, you’ll get a smooth balanced flavour with vibrant citrus, earthy notes, aromatic on the nose and a rounded finish. As if this gin could get any better, The Isle of Wight Distillery have also banished plastic, bubble wrap and plastic sealing tape from the packaging process plus it’s vegan and gluten-free. We LOVE it. £40.00 for 70cl, 38% ABV. From Marks and Spencer.
Mirabeau Dry Rosé Gin is an award winning herbaceous little number which took home gold at the World Gin Awards last year. Inspired by the local botanicals which grow near the Mirabeau vineyard in Cotes de Provence, there are citrus notes of lemon, as well as floral notes of lavender, rose petals and jasmine, and thyme and rosemary balance this beauty perfectly. Delicious on its own or topped up with tonic. Buy your bottle here, £37.90, 70cl.
Bullards Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin
Bullards make handcrafted, artisanal gins in Norwich and their history dates all the way back to 1837. The fruity little pink gin– their Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin is infused with no less than a whole fresh punnet of juicy strawberries in every bottle which contrasts beautifully with the spicy warmth of black peppercorns. It’s a beaut of a drink with tonic, or even better when used a topper in a glass of prosecco to add some extra fizz to your eve.
What’s more, Bullards Spirits are doing their bit for sustainability with the Bottle For Life which you can keep topped up with the very handy Eco-Refill Pouches from their website. Each elegant bottle design is crafted in Italy and decorated in Poland, in deep ruby red.
Dream Chaser Cotton Candy Floss Gin Liqueur
Possibly the pinkest drink we’ve ever come across, this cotton candy floss gin liqueur is the perfect party starter (when we eventually get round to having one of those…) In the meantime, try out this sweetie in a glass of bubbles or in a cocktail, over ice, or with tonic or lemonade.
Adding sparkle, shimmer and sophistication with the ultimate sugar rush, gin just got super pretty. (We hear it has magical powers too – yet to be discovered…) It’s available from Amazon, priced at £16.72 for a 50cl bottle, 20% ABV