Estonian gin changes colour when mixed with tonic

Oct 13, 2017by Amy Hopkins

Estonian spirits producer Liviko has extended its Crafter’s gin range with the launch of Crafter’s Aromatic Flower Gin, a naturally copper-coloured gin that turns pink when mixed with tonic.

Unveiled at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes last week, Crafter’s Aromatic Gin contains 12 botanicals, including rosehip, rose petals, meadowsweet, chamomile and elderflower. The gin is created in brand owner Liviko’s pot still and has a natural copper colour due to the use of rosehip blooms as a botanical. However, when the gin is mixed with tonic, its colour changes to pink. The reaction is due to natural pigment found in the cells of rosehip blooms – anthocyanin. As such, the gin changes color due to acidity found in quality tonic. Just 1,500 bottles of Crafter’s Aromatic Flower Gin were released last month. Launched in 2015, Crafter's gin is said to be the first London Dry style of gin from Estonia.