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Aldi releases colour-changing gin and all our dreams have come true, but how does it work?

The magic of mixology

Sabrina Barr
Thursday 19 July 2018 11:13 BST
Gin changes colour when mixer is added

The delectable taste of a refreshing gin and tonic has proven increasingly popular in recent years, with sales of gin reaching record highs last Christmas, in what gin distillers have called the "ginaissance".

Just when gin-lovers thought their favourite beverage couldn’t get any more enjoyable, Aldi has announced the release of a new version of the spirit produced by McQueen Gin that has the ability to change colour.

The limited-edition Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin appears blue in colour when first poured, before turning pink when a tonic, mixer or garnish is added to the drink.

So how does the colour-changing gin actually work?

It’s all down to the distillery process, which is far simpler than you might think.

The Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin is distilled using blue petals from the Asian butterfly flower, which change colour from pale sapphire to pink when the PH levels of the petals are altered.

The gin is also distilled using forest fruits, with the aim of making it both a visual and gustatory treat.

McQueen Gin Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin (Aldi)

“Not only does our new artisan gin taste great, but it also brings a little bit of theatre to gin o’clock,” says Dale McQueen, managing director and co-founder of McQueen Gin.

“Add a squeeze of lime first and see what shade of pink the gin goes, then add the tonic and it will change again.”

This means that depending on what you add to your glass of gin, your drink may turn a shade of light millennial pink or a darker rose hue.

A 50cl bottle of the Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin is now available to purchase from all 81 Aldi stores in Scotland for £19.99.

“We’re always looking for new and innovative products, and this is a fantastic addition to our range of Scottish gins,” says Graham Nicolson, group buying director of Aldi Scotland.

“It is our second collaboration with artisan distiller McQueen Gin and we’re confident it is going to be very popular.”

The Independent previously spoke to three experts from the drinks industry in order to find out how to make the perfect gin and tonic.

According to Adam Ellesmere, ‘minister of fun’ at Sipsmith, and Tony Conigliaro, drinks expert for Schweppes, a generous amount of ice is paramount when blending the ideal concoction.

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