Marrow 75 Courtesy of The Marrow
Pink Gin—a term for gin mixed with Angostura bitters—was incredibly popular in England starting in the 19th century when the British navy used the concoction to combat seasickness. It was so ubiquitous that James Bond drinks one in Sir Ian Fleming's, The Man with the Golden Gun. His order: Beefeater with "plenty of bitters." The combination is now catching on in the U.S., where American bartenders are using bottled pink gin in Valentine's Day-perfect cocktails.
At NYC chef Harold Dieterle's new Italo-German restaurant, The Marrow, bar manager Jill Roberts puts a dry pink gin made by German company The Bitter Truth in the restaurant's signature drink. The Marrow 75 is an herbaceous take on a French 75 with pink gin, fresh lemon juice, sage simple syrup and a float of Loire Valley sparkling white wine.
"Pink Gin adds not only juniper but also caraway and fennel and licorice," she says. She also adores its delicate, salmon hue. "I'm an adult female and I just love pink," she admits. "The color of this gin in the bottle is so sexy." Here, more pretty but potent cocktails around the country.