Pink gins

#1
My understanding is that the pink gin was invented by the Royal Navy and is a traditional tipple of the Senior Service, but in the year and a bit since I joined the RNR I don't think I've seen anyone drink one.

Whatever happened to such a fine tradition? Or did no-one ever drink them in the first place?
 
#2
I think it all changed when orcifers were obliged to carry their own stores on board, instead of, as previously, having a team of native bearers to perform the task.
After all tea bags are lighter than gin.
 
#4
NautiusMaximus said:
My understanding is that the pink gin was invented by the Royal Navy and is a traditional tipple of the Senior Service, but in the year and a bit since I joined the RNR I don't think I've seen anyone drink one.

Whatever happened to such a fine tradition? Or did no-one ever drink them in the first place?
Negative Officers only :thumright: matelots have the TOT :w00t: :thumright:
 
#6
scouse said:
NautiusMaximus said:
My understanding is that the pink gin was invented by the Royal Navy and is a traditional tipple of the Senior Service, but in the year and a bit since I joined the RNR I don't think I've seen anyone drink one.

Whatever happened to such a fine tradition? Or did no-one ever drink them in the first place?
Negative Officers only :thumright: matelots have the TOT :w00t: :thumright:
Or Vodka & Red Bull these days =( :crying:
 
#7
NautiusMaximus Wrote "My understanding is that the pink gin was invented by the Royal Navy and is a traditional tipple of the Senior Service, but in the year and a bit since I joined the RNR "

Well there in lays the answer to your question.

It is and always has been a Traditional Royal Navy Drink, Hence Plymouth GIN producing the main Part of the cocktail ie GIN.

RNR Traditional drink?????????????????/ Therein is the rub mate.

Go to sea on a real war ship and you would find out
 
#9
I too thought pink gins were the staple tipple of RN ossifers. Must be all those monochrome war films I watched when I was skin. :biggrin:

Guzzler, I recall reading somewhere today the Red Bull can make your balls drop off.... prematurely. ;)
 
#11
Pink Gin (gin, water and a dash of Angostura Bitters) was an economical officer's drink when mixers cost several times as much as D/F measures of spirits (2p for a sixth of a gill when I joined in 1971). It's popularity waned after the large jump in pay brought about by the introduction of the military salary in 1970. Thereafter, the G&T (gin and tonic) and the HN (Horse's Neck - brandy and dry ginger ale) became more popular tipples.
 
#12
thingy said:
I too thought pink gins were the staple tipple of RN ossifers. Must be all those monochrome war films I watched when I was skin. :biggrin:

Guzzler, I recall reading somewhere today the Red Bull can make your balls drop off.... prematurely. ;)
is that why you have a high pitched voice Steve :thumright:
 
#13
scouse said:
thingy said:
I too thought pink gins were the staple tipple of RN ossifers. Must be all those monochrome war films I watched when I was skin. :biggrin:

Guzzler, I recall reading somewhere today the Red Bull can make your balls drop off.... prematurely. ;)
is that why you have a high pitched voice Steve :thumright:
:biggrin:
 
#14
NautiusMaximus said:
My understanding is that the pink gin was invented by the Royal Navy and is a traditional tipple of the Senior Service, but in the year and a bit since I joined the RNR I don't think I've seen anyone drink one.

Whatever happened to such a fine tradition? Or did no-one ever drink them in the first place?
The pink bit was invented by an army Surgeon General Seigert and produced in Trinidad and Tobago under the name, still used today, Angostura Bitters.
It was used by gin drinkers in tropical climes to kill the taste of the anti-malarial quinine.
 
#16
Guzzler said:
So Pink Gin is actually Pink Gin & Tonic? I didn't realise that, thought it was neat with Angostura.
According to the Great Cocktails website (link):

Made in the United Kingdom in the 19th century, a Pink Gin contains gentian and a dash of 'pink'. 'Pink' referring to the Angostura bitters, a dark red extract of gentian and spices. This is typically an English way of drinking and enjoying gin.

Also called Gin and Bitters, the Pink Gin cocktail was created by the Royal Navy. They created the drink in order to make Angostura bitters more enjoyable. The Royal Navy used the bitters to treat medical conditions in sailors; furthermore, it was also used to treat seasickness.
The only Pink Gin drinkers with whom I was acquainted added water to turn it into a longer cheap drink. At the time, a split of Schweppes tonic water cost three times as much as a D/F gin so a 'Pink G&T' would have defeated the object.
 
#18
Put two drops of angostura bitters in a glass, swill and ditch the excess, then add a large measure of plymouth gin and swill again, et voila, pink gin.
I remember being a waiter/barman at a cock and arse party and the skipper saying 'FFS go easy on the mixers, their expensive'...the booze was a lot cheaper.
 
#19
Agostura bitters are in fact used with a number of cocktails, and are a stamndard in any cocktail bar.

NG is quite right Pink Gin, or Pinkers is made by coating the inside of the glass with Angostura adding a measure of gin to taste and filling the glass with plain water. A very common drink in the wardroom due to it's cost. With gin at around 2d a shot and mixers splits at 6d pink gin wins hand down in the economy stakes. Personally I prefer a G&T with a dash of angostura to the true pink gin, but then I am a submariner.

Equally as NG states the introduction of the Military Salary by Mr Gannex himself did allow us young blades to be able to afford the luxury of mixers wityh our spirits.
 

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