There's something about Edgerton Pink Gin.
Something that's cheeky enough to make your tonic blush.
For Edgerton Pink Gin may be stereotypically girlish in colour, but this is anything but a fluffy gin. No, this gin packs quite the punch. But more on that later...
Firstly, the colour.
Edgerton Pink Gin gets its pink tinge NOT from fruity raspberries, but rather from pomegranate extract. Combined with the classic juniper-led style, a rich complexity and a unique balance of light, sweet citrus and dry spice notes, Edgerton's is a delicious and unique addition to the gin scene.
BUT, WHY PINK?
Creator Martin Edgerton Gill believed that whilst superb taste in the glass is key to the long term success of a liquor brand, colour really works.
Gill’s father had spent five years in the Royal Navy during World War II and brought home with him a love of pink gin. Pink Gin was a traditional nautical tipple, consisting of gin and Angostura bitters. Its origins can be traced back to 1824 initially as a cure for sea sickness, however, its popularity in civilian life grew apace and by the late eighteen hundreds it had become a favourite in fashionable bars throughout the world.
Martin, who had pioneered herbal teas in the eighties, used his considerable knowledge of herbs and spices to create a totally new and contemporary pink gin, perfect for the modern gin-thusiast.
A delightful and complex gin, Edgerton Pink is blended with no less than fifteen exotic ingredients.
And this is the cheeky part.
One of those exotic botanicals includes damiana, an aphrodisiac.
Traditionally, damiana leaves were used in teas and as incense by native people of Central and South America as a relaxant. Spanish missionaries first recorded the aphrodisiac nature of the plant, commenting on Mexican natives who drank the tea mixed with sugar. Strong, and not too tasty...
The best way to enjoy damiana today? In Edgerton Pink Gin (obviously).
It's a great gin to pair with tonic - the sweet orange and juniper notes open up and soften to give an appealingly floral nose and a touch of sugar plum, followed by a dryer refreshing finish where the pomegranate really comes through.
But, it also makes an interesting cocktail base, adding much needed colour to a martini, or as an alternative gin in a Tom Collins.
MIX UP A PINK COLLINS
- 2 oz Edgerton Pink Gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 tsp superfine sugar
- 3 oz club soda
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 slice orange
1. In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, lemon juice, and sugar
2. Shake well
3. Strain into a collins glass almost filled with ice cubes
4. Add the club soda
5. Stir and garnish with the cherry and the orange slice