Make your own pink gin with Jemma Grobbelaar

June 27, 2019


The recent explosion in craft of quirky, artisan distillation has meant that we are starting to demand more than just juniper from our gins these days and what’s hot right now is pink gin, says Jemma. “Pink gin is booming and call me a purist, but these overly sweet fruity vodkas with pink colouring are revolting. More often than not, these gins are basically vodka with cheaper concentrates, essences and flavouring agents added. Gin is hot, flavoured vodka is not,” she says. “Unlike craft gin, powered by small, independent distillers, the pink gin craze has largely been created by the hefty global muscle of huge drinks manufacturers such as Gordon’s head honcho Diageo, and the Beefeater Pink of Pernod Ricard,” Jemma explains.

Her natural pink gin recipe demands just a little creativity and flare to your cocktail making skills, but is all natural, super easy and best of all, tastes good. Jemma recommends using the original Broken Heart Gin, distilled in Arrowtown. “Most importantly, make your pink gin at home from natural ingredients and continue to support the local craft gin distillers producing gin in small batches!”

Jemma’s Pink Gin Recipe

To your gin add: dried hibiscus flowers, a couple of whole coriander seeds, a couple cardamom pods, a tablespoon or two of caster sugar (hibiscus can give a sour note so just add to taste) and a couple of black peppercorns. Leave to steep for a few hours.

Add a double shot with your glass of prosecco or tonic, then garnish with raspberries or pretty edible flowers.

“Hibiscus is widely found in New Zealand so I love playing around with it when I’m thirsty for pink in my life. The colour will deepen over the day from a soft pink through to deep fuchsia. You might like to use 1/2 tonic and 1/2 soda water to allow the gin to shine without the tonic overpowering the gin.” And you can consider Hibiscus alternatives too. She suggests raspberries, rhubarb, rose petals and strawberries can each imbue a pink hue and soft flavour.

A note on straws: You wouldn’t use plastic(!) and paper straws get soggy. Check out @TurtleStrawsNZ on instagram. These are 100% natural straws grown from the ground, plus you get to save turtles and donate to ocean conservation.

Don’t miss Jemma’s Masterclass at Craft’d Festival
The Odd Bunch with Jemma Grobbelaar. 4:00pm – 4:50pm, $29.  Read all about out.