With Empress 1908 Gin, every cocktail is unforgettable. Crafted for creative cocktail culture, Empress 1908 provides the platform to innovate, create, and share ideas. Whether you’re a professional mixologist who’s perceptive and of the moment or a casual cocktail maker just looking to impress a special someone, there’s nothing like presenting a deliciously sophisticated drink that’s also beautiful.
EMPRESS & TONIC
EMPRESS LAVENDER LEMONADE
EMPRESS & ELDERFLOWER
COOL AS A CUCUMBER
SPRING GIN PUNCH
ORANGE YOU GLAD
ELDERFLOWER SOUTHSIDE POPSICLE
E & TEA POPSICLE
LEAVES OF CHANGE
THE QUEEN BEE
FALL GIN SANGRIA
FROM THE ASHES
GIVE THIS A CHAI
A match made in heaven – and it also happens to be our signature drink! Tart, refreshing, and effortlessly delicious, the Empress and Tonic is an elevated take on a classic favourite. Pairs well with: Citrus, honey, tropical coconut, guava, fresh herbs.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 gin3OZPremium Tonic WaterGrapefruit Slice
MethodFill a copa glass with ice, add Empress 1908 Gin, and serve with tonic on the side. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.
Regal, dry and fit for royalty. The Empress Martini is a spirit-forward, crisp classic bound to satisfy any cocktail connoisseur. Pairs well with: mediterranean meats and cheeses, olives, lemon, fresh baked bread.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1/2OZLillet BlancGrapefruit Twist
MethodStir on ice, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
A cocktail made for celebration, the Empress 75 is sparkling, effervescent and deliciously sippable. Think of it as a graduated mimosa. Pairs well with: fresh salads, bright lemon, watermelon, sophisticated backyard cookout dishes.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin3⁄4OZFresh Lemon Juice1⁄2OZSimple SyrupSparkling WineLemon Twist
MethodShake on ice, fine strain into a chilled flute, top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Meet your new favourite cocktail. Between an impressive array of fresh herbs and a delicate hint of lemon, the Windsor Garden is like sipping on spring. Pairs well with: roast meats, grain salads, herbed potatoes, glazed vegetables, Sunday dinner.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1/2OZFresh Lemon Juice1/2OZSimple SyrupBasil, Thyme, Rosemary & Mint Leaves
MethodLightly muddle herbs and shake ingredients over ice. Strain into a stemless wine glass with ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
A favourite of the Fairmont Empress Hotel Bar, the Q1908 is smooth, balanced and beautiful too. Add your favourite edible flowers for the perfect final touch. Cocktail created at Q Bar, Fairmont Empress Hotel.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin3/4OZFresh Lemon Juice3/4OZSimple Syrup3/4OZEgg WhiteEdible flowers
MethodAdd all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain to remove ice. Shake again without the ice. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with edible flowers.
A modern take on the Italian classic, the Empress Negroni is just the right amount of dry, bitter, citrusy and sweet. Pairs well with: bold flavours, rich meats, spiced dishes, curries, nuts.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin3/4OZLuxardo Bitter Bianco3/4OZDry VermouthGrapefruit Twist
MethodStir over ice. Strain into a rocks glass onto a large ice cube/sphere. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Fresh fruit, sparkling wine, and a splash of cranberry juice – what more could you ask for? The Royal Treatment is exactly as it sounds: the perfect cocktail for those days you need to treat yourself. Cocktail created by Elizabeth Savage for Victoria Gin’s 2010 Toronto Cocktail Competition.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin3OZWhite Cranberry JuiceSparkling WineKiwi, Berries, Mint Leaves
MethodBuild ingredients in a stemless wine glass. Top with sparkling wine, and lightly stir. Garnish with kiwi slices (skin removed), berries, and a mint leaf.
Balanced with a touch of sweetness, the Empress Aviation is an early 20th century classic revamped and ready for take-off.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1/2OZMaraschino Liqueur3/4OZFresh Lemon JuiceLemon Twist
MethodShake ingredients on ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Tall, tropical and tasty. If you’ve ever wanted a sip of sunshine, the Royal Hawaiian is as close as you’ll get.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZUnsweetened Pineapple Juice1/2OZFresh Lemon Juice1/2OZOrgeat SyrupPineapple Slice
MethodShake all ingredients except gin with ice. Strain into a collins glass with crushed ice, layer gin on top. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
A timeless classic, the Bees Knees is delightfully sweet with the delicate richness of honey.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin3/4OZFresh Lemon Juice1/2OZHoney SyrupLemon Twist
MethodShake ingredients on ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Simple and refreshing, light and herbal, this cooling cocktail might just be your new summer drink.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 GinSoda WaterCucumberMintBasil
MethodMuddle cucumber, basil, and mint. Add ice and Empress 1908. Shake, strain into a glass with fresh ice, top with soda water. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon and basil.
Take a break with this delightful and delicious cocktail. Hints of cucumber and rosemary make the Layover a perfect drink to sit back and relax with. Cocktail created in the Victoria Distillers cocktail lounge.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZFresh Lemon Juice1OZElderflower CordialSoda to topCucumber and Rosemary
MethodMuddle cucumber and then add rosemary. Shake ingredients on ice, strain into a chilled collins glass. Top with fresh ice, soda and garnish with a cucumber ribbon.
Created for Pantone’s 2020 Colour of the Year reveal party, this cocktail is as timeless, bold and classic as the colour itself. If you’re looking to highlight Empress 1908’s botanical recipe, the Classic Blue cocktail is for you. Cocktail imagined by Tracey Eden, Empress 1908 Gin New York Brand Ambassador.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1/3OZGiffard Pamplemousse1/3OZDry Vermouth1/3OZTEALEAVES Classic Blue TeaCitrus peel
MethodStir ingredients on ice. Strain into chilled a Nick & Nora glass. Express citrus and garnish with citrus peel (or blueberries for an extra pop of Classic Blue).
Your favourite childhood treat, reimagined. The freshness of homestyle lemonade sings alongside the lightly floral lavender honey, keeping you coming back for more. Cocktail created at Q Bar, Fairmont Empress Hotel.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZLavender Honey Syrup2OZHomemade LemonadeLavender Sprig
MethodFill a stemless wine glass with crushed ice. Shake lemonade and syrup on ice and strain into the glass. Layer Empress 1908 Gin on top and add more crushed ice. Garnish with a lavender sprig.
Named after our hometown of Victoria, B.C., the Garden City’s flavours are as colourful as flowers in full bloom. Sip this perfect mix of vibrant citrus and balanced sweetness all season long! Cocktail created in the Victoria Distillers cocktail lounge.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZGrapefruit Juice½OZLemon Juice½OZLychee Simple SyrupSoda Water to top (Optional)
MethodShake grapefruit juice, lemon juice and lychee syrup on ice. Strain into a chilled collins glass with ice. Layer the gin into the glass and top with sparkling water (optional).
This spring-inspired take on our signature serve is delightfully refreshing with its subtle floral notes and bright citrus garnish.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin3OZPremium Elderflower Tonic WaterGrapefruit Slice
MethodBuild in a copa glass on ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.
A fresh twist on the beloved gimlet cocktail, the Cool As A Cucumber brings tart, herbal spring flavours into the spotlight.
ingredients1.5OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZLemon Juice1OZSimple Syrup4-5Cucumber Slices6-7Basil Leaves
MethodMuddle the cucumber slices in the bottom of your shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and shake on ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a basil leaf and cucumber ribbon.
Light, sippable, and perfect for sharing. The Spring Gin Punch will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at your next garden party!
ingredients16OZEmpress 1908 Gin½CSimple Syrup6OZLemon Juice6OZLime Juice6DASHESAngostura Bitters32OZSparkling WaterEdible flowersLemon and lime wheels
MethodCombine ingredients in a punch bowl or pitcher and add ice. Garnish with edible flowers, and lemon and lime wheels.
A layered spring twist on our signature Royal Treatment, this cocktail is a showstopper fit for sipping all summer long.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin3OZCranberry Juice1½Sparkling WineBerries, Mint Leaves
MethodBuild ingredients in a stemless wine glass, starting with the berries, followed by ice. Slowly layer the cranberry juice, sparkling wine and finally, the gin on top. Garnish with a mint spring. We recommend stirring before sipping!
Add a punch of vibrant citrus to the classic Bees Knees with this refreshing recipe. Featuring tangy grapefruit soda, delicate honey and a pop of fresh lemon, it’s the perfect drink for sipping in the sun!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZLemon Juice½OZHoney Syrup2OZGrapefruit SodaLemon Wheel
MethodShake 1oz of Empress 1908 Gin, the lemon juice and honey syrup on ice. Strain into a copa glass on fresh ice. Add 2oz of grapefruit soda and layer the remaining 1oz of Empress 1908 Gin on top. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
This spring spritz is a favourite for garden parties and afternoon happy hours alike. If you’re a fan of floral flavours, this cocktail is for you!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZLime Juice½OZElderflower Liqueur5-6Mint LeavesElderflower Soda/Tonic
MethodShake the gin, lime juice, elderflower liqueur and mint leaves on ice. Strain into a chilled red wine glass. Top with elderflower soda or tonic and garnish with a lime wheel or mint spring.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZLemon Juice1OZOrange Juice½OZVanilla-Infused Simple SyrupSoda WaterOrange Slice
MethodShake the orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla syrup on ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with fresh ice. Layer the Empress 1908 Gin on top. Garnish with an orange slice. We recommend stirring before you sip!
Think mojito, with a gin twist! Fresh mint, lime juice as a splash of sparkling water make this classic the perfect sip on a hot day. Add a premium cherry garnish for an extra punch of flavour!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZLime Juice¾OZSimple Syrup5-6Mint LeavesSparkling Water
MethodShake the gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves on ice. Strain into a chilled collins glass on fresh ice. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a mint spring and premium cherry.
The Watermelon Sugar cocktail is the summer sip you’ve been waiting for. With the refreshing flavours of watermelon, lime, and basil this drink is bound to be a hit!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZSimple Syrup¾OZLime Juice3Watermelon Cubes5-6Basil Leaves
MethodShake the ingredients vigorously on ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass on ice. Garnish with a watermelon slice & basil leaf.
Simple, floral and refreshing. This Elderflower Southside Pop is as cool and delicious as it is beautiful! Yields 10 3oz popsicles. Recipe created by Chantelle Gabino.
ingredients3OZEmpress 1908 Gin2OZLime Juice1OZSimple Syrup23.5Elderflower Tonic WaterFresh Mint Leaves
MethodMix all ingredients, except the mint, in a container or pitcher at least 1L in size. Stir, and pour into the popsicle molds. Take 2-3 whole mint leaves, clap them between your hands to release the oils, and place in them in the molds, using a popsicle stick to push them inside. Freeze for minimum 6-8 hours, until solid. Remove the popsicles from the freezer and let sit for a few moments before slowly pulling them from the molds. Avoid using hot water to remove as this will encourage melting. Enjoy!
A gin twist on the classic Paloma cocktail, in popsicle form! The bold, tart flavours of grapefruit and a savoury hint of salt come together in perfect frozen harmony. Yields 10 3oz popsicles. Recipe created by Veronica Saye.
ingredients4OZEmpress 1908 Gin2½OZLime Juice24OZGrapefruit SodaKosher or Flaked Salt
MethodMix all ingredients in a container or pitcher at least 1L in size. Stir and pour into the popsicle mold. Freeze for a minimum of 6-8 hours. Remove the popsicles from the freezer and let sit for a few moments before slowly pulling them from the molds. Avoid using hot water to remove as this will encourage melting. Lightly sprinkle with flaky or kosher salt, and enjoy!
This frozen E & Tea is an afternoon delight! Featuring the nutty, rich flavours of black tea and a light touch of citrus, it’s the perfect backyard treat. Yields 10 3oz popsicles. Recipe created by Veronica Saye.
ingredients4OZEmpress 1908 Gin2½OZLemon Juice24OZChilled Black Tea (Sweetened With 2 Tbsp Sugar) or Bottled Iced TeaYogurt (Optional)
MethodMix all ingredients in a container or pitcher at least 1L in size, and stir. Pour into popsicle mold and freeze for a minimum of 6-8 hours. Once frozen, carefully remove from mold and dip the end of popsicles in yogurt (optional). Place flat on a lined sheet pan, freeze for an additional 30 minutes and repeat as needed. Sprinkle with dried flowers before the final freeze for a floral effect!
Favourite fall flavours come together in this delicious seasonal sip. The warmth of sweet vermouth, herbal notes of rosemary and thyme and crisp finish of dry apple cider are perfect for those chilly autumn evenings! Created by Chantelle Gabino.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZSweet Vermouth¾OZLemon Juice¾OZRosemary Thyme Syrup2OZDry Apple Cider (To Top)
MethodShake ingredients on ice and strain into a chilled collins glass. Top with cider, and garnish with thyme or rosemary and lemon wheel.
Like a vibrant fall sunset, this stunning layered cocktail is complex in its flavour profile and presentation. Balanced, bright and beautiful, Leaves of Change is a must try this season! Created by Empress 1908 Gin NY Brand Ambassador, Tracey Eden.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1½OZPear Juice½OZMaple Syrup¼OZRed Wine VinegarPear Slices
MethodShake everything but the gin in a cocktail shaker on ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and top with crushed ice. Float Empress 1908 Gin on top. Garnish with a fan of pear slices.
The classic bees knees, all dressed up for fall. Traditional honey sweetness is complimented by the burst of apricot jam and warm cinnamon spice. Cozy up by the fire with the Queen Bee in hand! Created by Empress 1908 Gin NY Brand Ambassador, Tracey Eden.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZLemon Juice½OZHoney Syrup1TSPApricot JamCinnamon Stick, or Powder
MethodShake ingredients with lots of ice, and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a shaved cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder.
What do you get when you throw all your favourite fall flavours in a cocktail? This delightful gin sangria!
ingredients¾CUPEmpress 1908 Gin¼CUPBrandy1BTLDry White or Sparkling Wine1CUPPomegranate Juice1CUPBlack Tea1CUPSparkling Water2OZCinnamon SyrupCinnamon sticks, apple, pear & orange slices
MethodAdd all ingredients to a large pitcher. Let sit, chilled, overnight, to allow flavours to marry. Add ice, and serve.
Sophisticated, subtle yet at the same time striking, the ‘From The Ashes’ is bound to be enjoyed by any who give it a try. Recipe created behind the bar at Il Caminetto in Whistler, BC.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZAperol¾OZOrange Rooibos Tea Syrup¾OZCitric Acid or Lemon JuiceOrange Twist
MethodShake the Empress 1908 Gin, Aperol and tea syrup on ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Serve citric acid or lemon juice on the side. Garnish with an orange twist.
A holiday twist on the classic Empress 75 featuring the tart, festive flavour of delicious cranberry.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZLemon Juice½OZCranberry Juice½OZSimple SyrupSparkling WineCranberries
MethodShake all ingredients but sparkling wine on ice, and fine strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with cranberries.
This Alice In Wonderland-inspired sip tastes as magical as it looks! Smoky and sweet with a secret to behold: just pour the ingredients over Empress 1908 and watch the cocktail transform! Created by Tracey Eden, NY Brand Ambassador for Empress 1908 Gin.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZMezcal¾OZPomegranate Juice½OZLime Juice½OZAgaveEdible Glitter
MethodShake all ingredients but the gin on ice, with a touch of edible glitter (optional). Strain into a small glass bottle. Add the gin into a cocktail glass, with ice, Pour the bottled mixture over the gin, stir, and enjoy!
Take our ‘Sage Advice’ and warm up your fall feasts with this delicious cocktail recipe. Rich Amaretto, fresh sage and a splash of bright citrus make this seasonal sip the perfect pairing for any dish! Created by Tracey Eden, NY Brand Ambassador for Empress 1908 Gin.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZAmaretto Liqueur¾OZLemon Juice4-5Sage LeavesCranberry
MethodShake ingredients on ice, and pour into a rocks glass (ice and all). Top up with ice as needed, and garnish with a cranberry and sage leaf.
Nutty, effervescent and celebratory, the Wishbone pairs best with festive feasts and cozy evenings by the fire. Grated nutmeg is the perfect final touch to bring this sparkling sip into season! Created by Empress 1908 Gin NY Brand Ambassador, Tracey Eden.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZFrangelico Liqueur½OZLemon JuiceSparkling WineGrated nutmeg & Lemon Twist
MethodShake the gin, Frangelico and lemon juice on ice. Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with grated nutmeg and a lemon twist.
The name says it all! This warm, flavourful hot toddy recipe is certainly worth a shot. Spiced chai, sweet honey and bright lemon come together to create the ideal winter tipple. No chilly night is complete without it!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin6OZChai1OZHoney½OZLemon JuiceCinnamon Stick & Lemon Wheel
MethodBrew a pot of chai. Add ingredients to a double walled of stemmed glass and top with chai. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon wheel. Enjoy!
A holiday twist on the classic Empress 75 featuring the warm, familiar flavour of cinnamon.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZFresh Lemon Juice½OZCinnamon Syrup1TSPMaple SyrupSparkling Wine (to top)Cinnamon Stick
MethodShake all the ingredients on ice, fine strain into a chilled champagne flute, and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
A holiday twist on the classic Empress 75 featuring the herbal flavours of rosemary and a bright addition of pomegranate seeds.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZFresh Lemon Juice½OZRosemary SyrupSparkling Wine (to top)Rosemary & Pomegranate Seeds
MethodShake all the ingredients on ice, fine strain into a chilled champagne flute, and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds.
There’s nothing like a delicious festive punch during the holidays, and this one is as simple as it is tasty. Marrying cranberry, rosemary, and a splash of sparkling, our Duchess Punch recipe is sure to bring merriment and cheer to any celebratory feast!
ingredients12OZEmpress 1908 Gin32OZCranberry Juice8OZSparkling WineRosemary & Cranberries
MethodAdd all ingredients to a pitcher or punch bowl on ice, including the cranberries and rosemary. Serve in punch cups or stemless wine glasses. Yields eight 6 ½ oz cocktails.
Who said delicious cocktails can’t be part of your holiday decor? This festive twist on the classic Tom Collins is an easy way to step up your winter entertaining game. As brilliant as the first frost of the season, this lightly sparkling, glimmering sip will surely bring the holiday magic to your table!
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZLemon Juice1OZSimple SyrupSoda Water (to top)
MethodAdd the lemon, simple syrup and soda water to a chilled cocktail glass with ice. Carefully pour the gin into a clear glass ornament (note: we recommend using a funnel to avoid mess!) Place the gin-filled ornament atop the glass, garnish with a grapefruit twist, and serve. Pour the gin into your glass, and watch the cocktail transform!
Hey mister snowman! Smooth and creamy with a hint of warm holiday spice, this unexpected holiday classic is about to become your new favourite. Sprinkle with coconut shavings and whole cloves for a final, snowy touch! Created by Tracey Eden, Empress 1908 Gin Brand Ambassador.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZCoconut Milk, or Unsweetened Almond Milk¾OZClove Syrup½OZFresh Lemon JuiceCoconut shavings, whole clove
MethodAdd ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously to combine. Strain into a chilled rocks glass with ice. Garnish with coconut shavings and whole cloves. Note: if using coconut milk, whip milk before shaking for a beautiful, smooth texture.