By now, you’ve likely been indoctrinated into the rosé all day lifestyle. And why not? There’s no better way to battle the heat than with a glass of chilled, pink-hued wine. But what if you also want to rosé all night, and you’re a bit burned out on summer’s favorite vino? Don’t worry: There’s a gin for that.
London-based spirits maker Gin Lane 1751 bottles what it calls Victoria Pink, a beautiful version of gin blended with Angostura bitters, which lends its signature tint. According to Gin Lane 1751, “the tradition of blending with bitters was first created by the British Royal Navy to prevent seasickness.”
Considering the fact that the Independent ran a list of the 11 Best Pink Gins earlier this year, it’s safe to say that it’s still much more popular in England than in the U.S., but we’re guessing that’s sure to change thanks to America’s obsession with all things pink. While it remains tough to find in the States, it’s available for purchase online—plus, we found a few local spots incorporating it into cocktails. Here’s where you can find this blushing beauty around town:
This LeDroit Park bar adds Victoria Pink to its Flamingo’s Pose cocktail, a blend that also features Gentian Liqueur, Cocchi Americano and celery bitters with a grapefruit peel. Barman Brian Nixon says it’s “essentially a white Negroni riff. I like the depth the pink gin gives while still being bright.”
251 Florida Ave. NW
The swanky Georgetown bar hidden beneath The Graham hotel uses Victoria Pink in its classic Gin and Tonic and in its Gin Martini. Lead bartender Adam Chin says he appreciates both the surprising touch of color it lends his drinks, but also the unexpected layer of flavor it brings to the party.
1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW
At this U Street favorite, the Rosé Gin & Tonic proves that you don’t have to buy the fancy bottled pink gin—you can make it yourself like the bartenders do. In this case, they use Nolet's Gin, Peychaud’s Bitters and tonic water for their pink summer refresher. Oh, and since this is a wine bar, there are also a ton of rosé wines available for sipping on that awesome back patio.
1940 11th St. NW
Managing partner Antonio Matarazzo says they mix the Victoria Pink into a cocktail dubbed the Aviatore, and it was chosen because “the flavor is a great mix of juniper and herbal bitter, which goes perfectly with the freshness of the Aviatore cocktail.” Try the mix of gin, hibiscus, Maraschino liqueur and thyme-infused lemon juice the next time you’re hankering for a patio and a refreshing pink drink.
1401 T St. NW