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Day 330, Cocktail 335

At the height of the empire, it was common for officers in British Army to complete a tour of duty in India, the crown jewel of Britain’s holdings.  However, Indian foods and climate didn’t always agree with the men or their officers, requiring a remedy to soothe bouts of digestive system distress.  Hence, the Pink Gin.  With its combination of bitters, originally formulated as a digestive remedy that was full of a multitude of other fanciful health benefits and gin, which is, in my opinion, a remedy for nearly everything that ails me, how could her or his majesty’s officers and troops go wrong?

In keeping with name, I elected to use Peychaud’s bitters with this cocktail.  Using Angostura would have imparted a brown color, and then I’d have had to call this post Brown Gin…and that just doesn’t sound nearly as appetizing.

  Pink Gin

  • 2 – 1/2 oz gin
  • 5 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Add the gin to a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill.  Add the Peychaud’s directly a chilled cocktail glass.  Swirl the bitters around in the glass and then pour the bitters off (you’ve just “rinsed” your glass).  Strain the gin into the glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired.

This was a very nice, tasty alternative to my typical martini.  I used Plymouth gin, which is somewhat mild for gin and allowed the Peychaud’s to come front and center.  The earthy, herbal essence was backed up almost to perfection by the gin.  This cocktail was incredibly sippable, boozy, but not overwhelming. 

Interestingly enough, for you Bond fans, this was also Ian Fleming’s favorite drink.  Why he never had James Bond drink this is a mystery, but I wish he had.  I would have had one much sooner than now!

Cheers!

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4 Comments

  1. Yo Stan!

    Fascinating drink! I have yet to try Plymouth Gin. I hear good things. Have you had Old Tom Gin yet? That also sounds quite intriguing.

    Cheers!
    G-LO

  2. Hey G-Lo – No I haven’t tried the Old Tom yet…I understand that it has a sweet component to it that alters cocktails made with it (the Martinez and Ramos Gin Fizz primarily among them) quite different. Once I’m through my 365th cocktail (soon), I’ll be doing more reviews and comparisons, starting with gin.

    • The James Bond Dossier
    • Posted June 4, 2011 at 3:23 am
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    Great article but for one thing. James Bond DID order a pink gin in The Man With The Holden Gun, specifying Beefeater: http://www.tjbd.co.uk/content/drink/the-james-bond-pink-gin.htm

    • Thanks for that update and I do stand corrected – and it would make sense given that Bond is a Commander in the the Royal Navy!


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