Glass of Herts: Pinkster Gin
PUBLISHED: 14:08 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:08 14 April 2015
Laura Vickers celebrates a fruity pink gin originating in Barley
What would you do if you found you had developed a yeast intolerance? When Barley resident (no pun intended) Stephen Marsh discovered just that, he didn’t cry into his empty beer glass, but used it as motivation to create an award-winning gin with a trademark pink tinge.
He didn’t set out for Pinkster Gin to be that colour. But when he started making the spirit for friends at his home near Royston, experimenting with all manner of fruits led to him using fresh locally-grown raspberries as one of his creation’s five botanicals.
After receiving enthusiastic feedback, Marsh launched Pinkster (pinkstergin.com) as a professional venture in July 2013, and it won a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition that very year. After gaining a healthy fan base at various food festivals and events, Marsh has since left his job in finance and he and business partner Will Holt now work on Pinkster full-time.
The base spirit is distilled in Cheshire before being hand-steeped with raspberries in Milton, near Cambridge, while the HQ remains here in Hertfordshire.
It’s a real gin lover’s gin – crisp and fresh, with hints of juicy raspberry mingling with juniper and a lightly peppery character. Unlike most gins, it’s smooth enough to drink neat over ice, but it also makes a killer G&T. Instead of lime, garnish with fresh mint – just clap it in your hands first to release the aromas.
The good news is Pinkster is now available at more than just indie booze shops and festivals – it’s now stocked at Ocado.