3 original Empress Gin cocktails

These are my three favorite Empress gin cocktails. They did a great job in making their own mixes already. You should go check them out here, they are delicious. 


Empress gin is something different. This is mostly because of it’s violet color. This color comes from the butterfly pea blossoms. The taste is also something worth mentioning, combining: ginger root, grapefruit peel, juniper, coriander seeds, cinnamon bark, rose petals  and let’s nor forget about the famous Fairmont Empress tea.

Lets get to it.

If you are a beginner and some terms are difficult for you to understand check our free bartending course here.


Purple rose

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Empress Gin
  • 25 ml fresh lime juice 
  • 2 dashes rose bitters
  • 1 splash cardamom bitters 
  • Herbal tonic water
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Garnish: dry orange wheel

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Tea strainer 
  • Balloon glass

The how to 

In your shaker add the Empress gin, lime juice, simple syrup and the bitters. Add ice and shake well. Double strain it in your glass over ice and top the glass with your herbal tonic. Garnish with a dry orange wheel.

Fell like a star!


Smoky genie

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Empress Gin
  • 25 ml fresh lime juice 
  • 10 black currants 
  • Ice cubes & a big fancy shape
  • Garnish rosemary string

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Tea strainer 
  • Rocks glass
  • Lighter 


The how to 

Set fire to the tip of the rosemary bush, let it make some smoke and put the rocks glass on top so it will capture the smoke inside. In your shaker add the black currants, Empress gin, lime juice and ice. Shake well. Turn your glass and add a big cube of ice, double strain the mix in your glass and garnish with the rosemary string(you can use the one that you burned or a new one).


Northern lights

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Empress gin 
  • 10 ml fresh lime juice 
  • 100 ml Ginger beer
  • 25 ml Absinthe 
  • Ice: crushed 
  • Garnish ( lime wheel)

Tools 

  • Wine tumbler


The how to 

You build this over ice straight in the glass. Put the ice in the glass, add the lime juice first,  and then the ginger beer, slowly pour the gin. Add your lime wheel flat in the middle of the glass on top of the ice and add your absinthe. This is for presentation, serve it with a straw and let people know they need to stir before drinking.


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