We recently discovered a magic spirit that when stirred with tonic changes colour. From a delightful deep purple to violet through to blush.
Husk Distillery in Northern NSW has developed this nifty trick by incorporating the flower of the Butterfly Pea to their infusion. It's truly a stunning drink!
Butterfly pea flowers are highly sensitive to pH. When the floral-infused Ink Gin is mixed with something of low pH (including gin's best friends; tonic water, lime or lemon), the colour changes dramatically from blue/purple to blush pink. Not magic – just science.
Now, how about the mixer? Tonic water gets its unique flavour by the addition of quinine. Naturally found in the bark of the South American cinchona tree, quinine was used for medicinal purposes to aid in the prevention and cure of malaria. While clinically developed for the army and, by all records, tasting pretty awful, British officers found a way of 'improving' the medicine by mixing it with soda, sugar and (why not?) gin.
Voila, the British cocktail 'G&T' was born. Bless them!
Ink & Tonic
30ml Ink Gin
Fill a short tumbler with ice blocks. Pour in measured gin. Top with tonic and gently stir. Garnish with dehydrated orange slices and a stick of rosemary.
You can see more from the celebration where guests enjoyed this cocktail over on our blog Wedding Adventures : Beth and Damian.
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Ink Gin produced by Husk Distillery
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In Australia one standard nip is 30ml.
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