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Old Curiosity launches festive colour-changing gin

Gin producer, Old Curiosity, has launched its first colour-changing festive gin, ahead of the Christmas rush.

The distillery’s new expression transforms from a festive blush to a vibrant pink when mixed with tonic water.

Only 500 bottles have been produced of the limited expression. Priced at £49.95 per 500ml bottle, it is available to buy from Harrods in the UK, or from Old Curiosity’s website. In addition, it is set to be served at The Balmoral Hotel’s Bar Prince in Edinburgh throughout the festive season.

The bottling gets its colour-changing properties from a natural reaction which causes the PH levels of the gin to adjust when tonic is added. The gin is given a Christmas twist with ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, which are individually distilled and added to the base.

The Old Curiosity Distillery is the most recent project from Hamish Martin, a Scottish herbologist and owner of the Secret Herb Garden.

Hamish comments: “Christmas is a time for bringing a little sparkle, and what could be more magical than a festive gin that transforms itself before your very eyes? It’s the best way to bring Christmas to life, and tastes as good as it looks.

“We’re known for creating all manner of weird and wonderful colour-changing gins and we think this one, with its twist on the traditional Christmas colours, may just be our best yet.  It was a drink which first turned Santa from green to red, so this year his favourite colour will definitely be pink!”

The distillery released its first trio of colour-changing gins in October last year, comprising Apothecary Rose, Lavender & Echinacea, and Chamomile & Cornflower.

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11 November 2018 - Sam Coyne the drinks report, editor