It’s pretty, it’s pink and it’s the perfect mixer to add to your drink.
With the resurgence in popularity of gin and tonic, it's little surprise that there had to be new innovations to bring on a new spin to the classic drink.
Pink tonic is clearly the perfect innovation that was needed to add new life to the trendy drink.
A number of brands realised this early and started producing pink tonics and gins and the number keeps rising.
Fitch & Leedes has also joined the fray with a new pink tonic.
Marketing director, Ross Hobbs says: “We looked at every element that goes into the quality of the mixer. The quality of the water plays a significant role in how it mixes with your spirit. The water used in Fitch & Leedes is filtered four times so you get very pure water."
When tested, the pink tonic doesn’t just add a splash of pink to your gin, but the whiffs of rose petals and fresh cucumber perfectly compliments the flavours of any craft premium gin.
Understanding the time and effort put into perfecting a premium gin, the new Fitch & Leedes pink tonic is delicately carbonated and finely balanced to ensure the best taste representation of what was intended by the master distiller.
"...Here is where I have an issue with some of the other craft tonics," Hobbs says. "They are very strongly flavoured. If you have an elderflower flavoured tonic and you mix it with a fine gin and all you taste is the elderflower then what’s the point? You may as well drink the tonic neat.”
Hobbs admits, they “had their reservations about the pink” colour, but were “pleasantly surprised” by the taste.
“It brought out a whole range of new flavours,” Hobbs says.
Florian Leykauf of Triple Three Gin Estate Distillery agrees that Fitch & Leedes tonics unlock the botanicals of their gins: “The whiffs of cucumber in the Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic is a magnificent combination with the mint and eucalyptus notes of buchu leaves in our African Botanicals Gin.”
Simone Musgrave of Musgrave Gin says: “the spiciness of our Musgrave 11 is cooled by the cucumber notes in the pink tonic, while the hints of rose petals give the gin a delicate edge.”
Here’s how you can make your pretty in pink gin cocktail:
Hope on Hopkins Mediterranean Gin is infused with olives, rosemary, thyme, basil and cardamom with citrus notes and hints of juniper. Add 1 part gin to 4 parts Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Musgrave 11, inspired by the flavours and history of Africa and its ancient spice route, is crafted with eleven botanicals. Add a double tot of gin to 200ml of Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic. Garnish with a ribbon slice of cucumber and rose petals.
Triple Three African Botanicals Gin is carefully distilled from seven botanicals including the flora of the Western Cape. Add 50ml of gin to 200ml of Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic. Garnish with a cucumber slice, orange wheel and rose petals.