Gin pahit

Gin pahit is an alcoholic drink made with gin and bitters, as enjoyed in colonial Malaya. The name means "bitter gin" in Malay.

The recipe, according to the food and beverage service of the Raffles Hotel, is 1 1/2 ounces of gin and 1/2 ounce of Angostura bitters. At least one book on drinks from the 1930s describes it as identical to a pink gin, which would imply considerably less bitters.

Referenced in the W. Somerset Maugham short story, "P. & O." (Copyright 1926), where the character, Gallagher, an Irishman who had lived in the Federated Malay States for 25 years, ordered the drink, and in several other Maugham stories, including "Footprints in the Jungle" and "The Book-Bag", both set in Malaya. See also Maugham novel, "The Narrow Corner", Penguin ed., ch. 18, p. 109.


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