This Gin Is a Magic Spirit That Changes Color When Mixed in a Gin & Tonic

Genie in a bottle, baby.

By Ethan L. Johns
July 19, 2018

Image: iStock

Mixological magic is no longer for the publican professionals.

An extra-special gin from Scottish distillery McQueen True Craft changes colors when mixed with tonic water, blowing minds and making a classic cocktail infinitely more millennial-friendly.

“Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin,” which was recently released for sale at Aldi supermarkets in the UK, is distilled with butterfly pea flower, a lovely little flower with transformative properties.

When distilled into McQueen’s gin, butterfly pea flower is blue. With the addition of tonic and lime, the liquid turns purple right before your eyes.

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This happens because the flower changes color when exposed to anything acidic.

“Add a squeeze of lime first and see what shade of pink the gin goes, then add the tonic and it will change again,” said Dale McQueen, co-founder of the distillery, to the Independent.

So at your next cocktail party, dress up in your magician’s outfit and prepare to see some jaws drop. Then maybe pull a rabbit out of your hat, because a magician definitely needs more than one trick.


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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns