Pink Gin Fizz Cocktail: Pretty pink bubbles
There is something exciting about a cocktail with bubbles. The way they dance around your mouth and tickle your tongue is rather exciting and makes me rather giggly. Aside from the obvious Gin and Tonic, I don’t often get to have gin fizz cocktails as a bottle of bubbly isn’t a regular fixture on my wine rack.
Doing my weekly shop, I noticed that there was an offer on various bottles Schweppes mixers. I obviously picked up a couple of bottles of tonic and a soda water and then noticed that there was one I hadn’t seen or heard of before. It was Schweppes Russchian Pink Soda. The reason it caught my eye was because of its pink colour, so I thought I’d give it a go and see what it tasted like.
The answer was rather nice. It had a bit of red berry fruitiness and a subtle floral note. It was perfect to add a bit of fruity sparkle to a gin when I wanted more than a simple G&T. So having replaced my tonic with this pink soda, I wondered if I could make my Gin Fizz a bit more interesting. There were a couple of signature recipes on Schweppes’ own website, but I really did fancy something long and refreshing.
Hopping over to Difford’s Guide, I stumbled across their Pink Gin Fizz recipe, which used soda water rather than the posh pink fizz that I had. So I did what I usually do, namely mixing my own concoction by taking inspiration from someone else.
My first change was to use more gin. After all, I do like my gin and like to be able to taste it in my cocktails. Knowing that the pink soda was going to be rather sweet, I liked the idea of using lemon juice, but omitted the sugar syrup, which would have been needed with plain soda water. Having shaken these two ingredients together with plenty of ice, I poured it into an ice filled hurricane glass and added the Schweppes and took a sip.
Whilst it was pleasant enough, I had hoped that it would be a little pinker so added a dash of grenadine and gave it a stir. Et Voila! I had my very own, refreshing and well balanced cocktail that had the right colour for its name, the Pink Gin Fizz.
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PINK GIN FIZZ COCKTAIL RECIPE
2 measures gin
1½ measure lemon juice
Dash of grenadine
Top up with Schweppes Russchian Pink Soda
Pour ingredients gin, lemon juice and grenadine into an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake it vigorously. Strain into an ice filled hurricane glass and top up with Schweppes Russchian Pink Soda, stir to mix and enjoy the cooling bubbles.