The Secret Behind Blue Colour Changing Gins
There are now over 300 different being made in Scotland and amongst them are a growing number of colour changing gins.
We’re going to explore our favourite Scottish blue colour changing gins and the magical botanicals that give them their colour changing properties.
Behind each of the blue colour changing gins is a floral botanical which is included in the botanical blend. The inclusion of the flowers gives the gins their blue hue and also create the theatre of changing colour. The change happens when adding an acidic ingredient such as tonic water. The gins will go from the blue to a delicate lilac/pink colour.
Butterfly Pea Gins
Butterfly pea is an Asian botanical which has been used for many years in Asian cooking as well as in teas.
Something Blue Gin was first launched as a limited edition to mark the wedding of Colin & Jessica McLean, the husband and wife team behind McLean’s Gin, in June 2018. The gin was a marriage of Colin & Jessica’s two favourite botanicals; tonka bean and buchu leaf. These botanicals were combined with 4 secret botanicals along with butterfly pea flowers for a unique and intriguing gin.
Something Blue has suggestions of summer fruits, mint, caramel and hand-rolled tobacco-leaf, supported by a fresh, herbaceous background. We recommend serving over ice with a quality tonic and finishing with some fresh mint and a slice of cucumber.
The gin proved to be so popular that it has now been released into McLean’s core range of gins.
Ellis Gin’s Butterfly Pea Gin was released in September 2018 and is a combination of classic gin botanicals such as juniper, citrus and angelica with the butterfly pea.
The gin has deep, earthy floral tones and we recommend enjoying over plenty of ice with tonic and a juicy wedge of orange to really bring out the citrus notes.
As soon as you add the tonic you’ll see the gin changing from the deep blue to a gorgeous lilac colour.
Released in September 2019, the newest blue colour changing gin is Forever Fresh from the Four Marys series by Linlithgow Distillery.
Forever Fresh is a refreshing combination of classic botanicals such as juniper and coriander with eucalyptus leaves, peppermint and lemon verbena for a cool, fresh gin that leaves the palate feeling wonderfully clean.
The vibrant blue colour will change to a delicate pink when tonic is added. We’d recommend finishing with a wedge of lime.
Cornflowers are native to Europe and have been used for many years in some blends of herbal teas. They are also commonly used for culinary decoration such as adding colour to salads.
Made using handpicked botanicals from the Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Old Curiosity's Chamomile & Cornflower Gin is elegant and herbaceous.
Chamomile provides fresh and floral notes while the cornflower adds a layer of flavour as well as being the source of the vivid blue colour.
Mixing with tonic will make the gin change to a magnificent pink colour.