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Malfy Gin Rosa

As you lot have probably already gathered, I’m having something of a love affair with Malfy gin.  Hubby got me started on it with their Con Limone, then came my favourite Originale.  I previously explained that I went all Veruca Salt about getting my hands on the Con Arancia then they only went and did it again.  This time with a gin which I’m pretty sure they must have created just for me because it is my idea of heaven.

I’m talking about the latest addition to the Malfy family, their Gin Rosa.  Italian juniper, Sicilian pink grapefruit, Italian rhubarb and five other botanicals.  Considering I wrote an entire article at the end of last year about my love of pink grapefruit and how it was my favourite botanical of 2018, this gin could do no wrong…right?!

Gin Rosa wrapped #2

I jumped up and down like a giddy school girl when I realised it had arrived, Hubby didn’t get a second glance as I skidded through the house and into the kitchen to get my hands on the scissors and open what I was certain would be my new true love.

Even the way it was wrapped filled me with joy, that instantly recognisable smack of blue, this time with a slight hint of pink to pique the interest.  I managed to hold off on opening it just long enough to snap a quick pick before carefully opening the tissue paper.  (I’ve popped it into my ginny scrap book…yes I am that kind of person!)

Beneath the tissue was sheer liquid joy, I mean, just look at it!!

Gin Rosa unwrapped

I’m not sure how many of you have tried any of the Malfy range before, but if you have you’ll know exactly what I’m about to talk about.  The bottle cork is made of Italian oak and makes the most satisfying, deep, plunk sound when it is opened.  I can’t share video’s on here, but there is one on my instagram if you fancy having a listen.  The next thing to hit was the aroma, I’m pretty sure the scent was just bursting to get out of the bottle.  The unmistakable smell of pink grapefruit, strong and fresh.  It wreaked of summer holidays, blue skies and lazy days spent in tropical surroundings.  There was no doubt in my mind this was going to be thirst quenchingly satisfying.  Time to taste and it lived up to all my expectations.  The zesty grapefruit holding it’s own at the front with the rhubarb there to soften everything out and detract from the bitterness and then, enough juniper to remind you that you are drinking gin.

Now for the drinks

Gin Rosa Pink Lemonade
Gin Rosa Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade

You’re going to need:

  • 50 ml Malfy Gin Rosa
  • 25 ml Limoncello
  • 75ml Soda Water
  • Ice
  • Raspberry, Lemon or Lime (optional garnish)

Firstly top your glass up with ice.  Next combine your Gin Rosa and Limoncello in the glass and gently stir together.  Top up with soda water and tadaaa, there you have it!

Pink Gin Fizz pour
Pink Gin Fizz

Pink Gin Fizz

You’re going to need:

  • 25ml Gin Rosa
  • Prosecco
  • Graprefruit twist (optional garnish)

This one really is super duper easy!  Pop your Gin Rosa into a champagne flute of coupe glass, then top up with prosecco.  I would have garnished with grapefruit peel, but sadly I didn’t have any in the house.  I love this combo, the grapefruit and prosecco work really well together and I did find that I’d had quite a few by the time Hubby got home from work!

Gin Rosa and St Germain
Grapefruit and Elderflower Spritz

Grapefruit and Elderflower Spritz

You’re going to need:

  • 50 ml Malfy Gin Rosa
  • 25 ml St Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • Prosecco
  • Rosebud (optional garnish)

We came up with this towards the end of Gin Day, so it’s a touch on the boozy side, but utterly scrummy.  Combine the Gin Rosa and St Germain in a glass and top up with prosecco.  Garnish with a rose bud…a summer must!!!  I love a champagne coupe…so I used one!

Gin Rosa MH 2
Gin Rosa and Hibiscus Tonic

Malfy G&T

You’re going to need:

  • 25/50ml Gin Rosa
  • A fistful of ice
  • Rosemary or Pink Graprefruit (optional garnish)

You guys know how to make a G&T, so I’m not by any means going to teach you how to suck eggs!  Although if you fancy a deliciously scrummy alternative, then try swapping out your standard tonic for Merchant’s Heart Hibiscus Tonic.  It’s unsurprising that this tonic works well with Gin Rosa, as it is a great match for citrus gins and definitely a mixer worth trying.


Malfy Family cropped
So finally my Malfy Gin family is complete and what a family it is!

This summer, pink gin seems to be the in thing, with many adopting a candyfloss sweetness to match it’s colour.  In my opinion, this is most definitely the pink gin to be drinking this summer!

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