Old Curiosity launches colour-changing pink gin for Christmas

An Edinburgh-based gin brand is set to launch a new festive colour changing gin this Christmas.

Published 9th Nov 2018
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Though Christmas is usually a time for vibrant reds, the innovative distillery's new offering transforms from a light blush to a vibrant pink when mixed with tonic water.

Priced at £49.95 per 500ml bottle, only 500 bottles of the limited edition gin is available to buy from Harrods or from Old Curiosity’s website.  In addition, it is set to be a popular serve at The Balmoral Hotel’s Bar Prince in Edinburgh throughout the festive season.

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Co-founder Hamish Martin on Carlton Hill, Edinburgh. Picture: Old Curiosity

The bespoke bottling gets its magical, 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 – a specialist herb nursery on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

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Hamish described the new gin as "the best way to bring Christmas to life", adding that it "tastes as good as it looks", he said: “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?

“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!”

Each Old Curiosity gin is made using botanicals grown, picked, dried and infused by the Secret Herb Garden team in Scotland.

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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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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