Made in the United Kingdom in the 19th century, a Pink Gin contains gentian and a dash of 'pink'. 'Pink' referring to the Angostura bitters, a dark red extract of gentian and spices. This is typically an English way of drinking and enjoying gin.
Also called Gin and Bitters, the Pink Gin cocktail was created by the Royal Navy. They created the drink in order to make Angostura bitters more enjoyable. The Royal Navy used the bitters to treat medical conditions in sailors; furthermore, it was also used to treat seasickness.
This recipe serves 1
1 measure gin
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
Coat the sides of a chilled martini glass with the Angostura bitters, add chilled gin and serve.
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I'm not sure if this should be served chilled. I believe there was lack of ice in the early 19th century, especially onboard ships in the Royal Navy?
Ginlover - 21-Jan-13 @ 8:28 AM
Very much enjoyed my first Pink Gin last night and was very interested to hear that it was used by the Navy for medical purposes - sea sickness was mentioned but were there other medical conditions that it was meant to help or cure.