Named for the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, these Empress gin cocktails are just as beautiful and regal as the hotel itself.
Filled with botanicals, black tea, and butterfly pea blossom, Empress 1908 is citrusy, floral, herbaceous, and earthy in every sip.
But that’s not all!
The pea blossom also imparts a stunning indigo hue. And when you add citrus to the mix, it changes color!
So if you’re looking for some enchantment at your next party, you can’t beat these Empress gin cocktails.
13 Best Empress Gin Cocktail Recipes
Bring a little extra mojo to your life with this pretty mojito!
Of course, it’s not a mojito in the traditional sense – but it’s just as refreshing and just as delicious!
Instead of your typical rum-based drink, you’ll use Empress gin. This gives it delicate floral and earthy flavors.
Also, it’s a little less sweet than your average mojito, and instead of the traditional lime, this recipe uses lemon juice.
And what goes best with lemon? Blueberry, of course!
This recipe features freshly muddled blueberries and mint with simple syrup and lemon juice.
And we can’t forget the Empress 1908 and soda water.
If you really want to taste the blueberry, make a blueberry syrup by simmering frozen blueberries with a bit of sugar.
Strain it and use it in place of regular simple syrup. Or just use blueberry-flavored sparkling water instead of plain club soda.
She’s sweet, she’s sour, and she’s totally a star! Meet the Empress 1908 Gin Sour.
This pretty drink looks fabulous and tastes amazing. It’s light, floral, citrusy, and a little bit of egg white foam creates the most irresistible mouthfeel.
Raw eggs are perfectly safe if you know their freshness and quality. However, if you’re uncomfortable using raw egg whites, feel free to use pasteurized.
You can also make this vegan with aquafaba.
My favorite cocktails are bubbly. So, the French 75 is definitely high on my list – and it should be pretty high on yours too.
The Soixante Quinze, as it’s called in French, is light and effervescent.
Typically, it’s made with gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, it’s a bubbly adult lemonade. And boy, is it strong!
But I think this recipe is even better than the original, thanks to the Empress gin and honey simple syrup.
The sweet floral notes of the honey pair incredibly well with the gin. That said, everything about this drink is delicate and delicious.
The classic gin and tonic is easy to make and very light and refreshing.
Meanwhile, this Pacific Empress G&T is like the enchanted gin and tonic of your dreams.
First, the lack of piney flavor may surprise you. That’s because Empress 1908 doesn’t taste quite as juniper-y as regular gin.
And second, this cocktail has some added yumminess – honey-muddled blackberries and pineapple juice, to be exact.
Sweet, fruity, earthy, and slightly bitter, it’s truly a taste sensation.
5. Gin Sidecar
This delicious gin version of the traditional Sidecar is here to stay. And I think you’ll love it.
The traditional Sidecar features cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon. Due to the cognac’s warm, spiced flavor, the Sidecar feels like a dark drink.
However, change up the cognac for Empress Gin, and all of a sudden, it’s light, airy, and refreshing.
Though the other ingredients remain the same, the feeling is different.
Whisk your taste buds away to a land of eternal springtime with this gin sour. It’s fruity, floral, and wonderfully sweet.
And did I mention that it’s stunning? Because it is seriously so lovely, you’ll impress all of your guests!
The best part is, it’s super easy to make.
Simply gather Empress 1908, lemon juice, peach syrup, violet liqueur, mint, and simple syrup. Then, shake it all up in a cocktail shaker with ice!
That’s it. If you want it extra boozy, switch out the peach syrup for Schnapps or peach vodka.
If sweet drinks aren’t your thing, try this refreshing tipple instead.
It has a gloriously crisp, clean, and herbaceous taste and is guaranteed to satisfy all your non-sweet cravings.
This G&T features tonic water, Empress gin, and a salad! I’m kidding, but it does contain fresh cucumber, mint, and basil.
It might not be sweet, but it is definitely delicious.
If you could bottle the sunset, it would look like this cocktail.
With layered hues of blues, purples, pinks, and gold, it’s about as stunning as a cocktail can be.
Plus, it’s absolutely scrumptious.
Each sip brings notes of pear, rosemary, honey, lemon, and ginger to your tongue.
It’s made with Empress gin, ginger beer, lemon juice, and honey-based pear and rosemary syrup.
Add fresh pear slices and a sprig of rosemary to finish it off. Enjoy!
Say hello to summer with this bougie, boozy lemonade! It’s incredibly refreshing and totally delicious.
It’s also a great way to add sunshine to your day, no matter the season.
You might never go back to regular lemonade after trying this one. It features Empress gin, fresh lemon juice, and a honey lavender simple syrup.
Garnish with fresh lemon slices and a sprig of lavender. Wow!
One sip, and you’ll give this blood orange Gin Fizz the peel of approval.
Especially if orange is your favorite flavor because this is absolutely bursting with orangey goodness.
Blood orange syrup, blood orange juice, orange bitters, and Aperol ring in the citrus notes. Meanwhile, Empress gin plus club soda round out the drink.
11. Hydrangea’s Kiss
Just like the flower of the same name, this drink’s color changes with its acidity levels. And it is fabulously summery.
Made with Empress gin, celery root liqueur, lemon juice, and lemon ginger syrup, it’s bright, citrusy, herbaceous, spicy, and earthy.
Each sip will take your tongue on a whirlwind. And you’ll love every second!
If you want sophistication, go for a martini.
But what if you don’t like that overly boozy taste? Well then, you go for this Empress gin martini instead!
It’s delicious and it looks stunning. Plus, you only need dry vermouth, Empress gin, orange bitters, and a garnish.
The recipe calls for a candied orange, but a sprig of lavender would look pretty too. Either way, it’s herbal, floral, citrusy, and so yummy!
This fun and fizzy drink will fit right in at a bridal shower.
It’s sweet, fruity, and floral, with a bit of attitude. It’s the rom-com best friend of cocktails.
And I know you’ll love it!
The Empress Maid of Honor features ginger ale, lemon juice, and ginger bitters. Of course, I can’t forget the Empress gin!
But the real star of this drink is the simple syrup. It’s made with pink peppercorns, so it’s sweet with a bit of heat.
But it’s not spicy – it’s just a bit peppery!
Everything together yields a pretty purple drink that is complex and surprisingly delicious.
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