Aldi has launched a colour changing Scottish gin and we can't wait to try it

Supermarket chain Aldi has teamed up with a Scottish distillery to launch a new colour changing gin and we can't wait to try it.

Published 18th Jul 2018
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Partnering with McQueen Gin at the Trossachs Distillery in Callendar, the brand has launch a special limited-edition Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin.

Exclusively available from Scottish Aldi stores from now until September priced at just £19.99  for 500ml, the distillers say the two-tone gin changes from a pale sapphire to pink when tonic is added, or any other acidic mixer or garnish.

A spokesperson for Aldi said: "The magic comes from distilling the gin with the blue petals of the Asian butterfly flower, which change from a pale sapphire to pink when its PH levels are altered."

Dale McQueen, managing director and co-founder, McQueen Gin, added: “Not only does our new artisan gin taste great, but it also brings a little bit of theatre to gin o’clock. Perfect to share with friends, it’s a delicious fruity gin with a difference. Add a squeeze of lime first and see what shade of pink the gin goes, then add the tonic and it will change again.

“As a small craft distillery our partnership with Aldi is very valuable to us. This contract alone is worth £110,000 to the distillery.

"We’re very proud to be working with them to bring this product to consumers up and down the country, giving them the chance to engage in the purest of gin experience, with just the right touch of magic.”

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Graham Nicolson, group buying director, Aldi Scotland said: “We’re always looking for new and innovative products, and this is a fantastic addition to our range of Scottish Gins. It is our second collaboration with artisan distiller McQueen Gin, and we’re confident it is going to be very popular.

"We’re proud to champion local suppliers and already have some more exciting collaborations with McQueen Gin in the pipeline.”

The perfect serve:

“The Harlequin”


50ml Aldi Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin

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Pour 50ml Aldi Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin in a tall glass. Add plenty of ice.

Add the lime and tonic water to taste and watch as the gin changes colour from pale sapphire to pink.

Garnish with frozen berries and serve.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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