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 POPSICLES
E & TEA POPSICLE
LEAVES OF CHANGE
THE QUEEN BEE
FALL GIN SANGRIA
FROM THE ASHES
IT’S THYME TO DREAM
MINT TO BE
TRIP AROUND THE SUN
BERRY BASIL SMASH
WRITTEN IN THE STARS
BERRY GIMLET POPSICLES
LAVENDER LEMONADE POPSICLES
PRICKLY PEAR POPSICLES
GIN & GRAPEFRUIT POPSICLES
RASPBERRY ORANGE POPSICLES
EMPRESS GIN MULE
EMPRESS BERRY TEA
EMPRESS MAI TAI
PINEAPPLE EMPRESS SLUSHIE
PINK PEACH BELLINI
EMPRESS PINK LEMONADE
SUMMER BLOSSOM GIMLET
EMPRESS SUMMER BOOTLEG
SWEET PEACH TEA
THYME, GIN & GRAPEFRUIT
EMPRESS OF PASSION
STARRY NIGHT GRANITA
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 Gin½OZLillet 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 the perfect companion for any occasion. 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, light and beautiful, this cooling cocktail features delicious garden herbs, refreshing cucumber and a splash of sparkling water.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 GinSoda WaterCucumberMintBasil
MethodMuddle cucumber, basil, and mint in the bottom of a chilled rocks glass. Add ice and Empress 1908. 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, BC, 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 take on our signature serve is delightfully refreshing with its subtle floral notes and bright citrus garnish.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin3OZPremium Elderflower Tonic Water or Sparkling ElderflowerGrapefruit 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 flavours into the spotlight.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZLemon Juice1OZSimple Syrup5Cucumber Slices6Basil 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! Image by @tamingofthespoon on Instagram.
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.
This little spring spritz is like an orange creamsicle for adults, with fresh orange juice, vanilla-infused syrup and, of course, a splash of Empress 1908!
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 and 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 Syrup23½OZElderflower 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, image by @afullliving on Instagram.
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 twist on the classic Empress 75 featuring the tart 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.
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.
This wintery twist on the classic Tom Collins is an easy way to step up your at-home cocktail game. As brilliant as the first frost of the season, this lightly sparkling, glimmering sip will surely bring 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.
The simple & delicious Winterberry Soda is our favourite low-maintenance creation. Make this cocktail your own with your favourite flavoured soda, the garnish of your choice, and perhaps a splash of citrus to top it all off!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin3-4OZSoda Water (of choice)Blackberries to muddle (optional) and garnish
MethodBuild in a chilled Copa glass on ice. Garnish with blackberries. Enjoy!
Created by the talented @cocktailswithmenyc on Instagram, the ‘It’s Thyme To Dream’ is an elevated, seasonal take on the classic Tom Collins. The unique flavour & texture of figs make them oh-so fun to mix with; pick some up at your local store and start dreaming of this delicious sip today!
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZFig Syrup1OZLemon JuiceSoda Water (to top)Sliced Fig & Thyme Sprigs
MethodBuild in a cocktail glass, layering Empress 1908 Gin last. Stir, and enjoy!
Refreshing mint, soft floral elderflower, bright white cranberry and a splash of bubbly soda makes the perfect cocktail to sip with loved ones this Valentine’s Day! If you’re feeling extra sweet, garnish with your favourite love note candy.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZWhite Cranberry Juice¼OZElderflower Liqueur¼OZLemon Juice5Mint LeavesSoda Water (to top)
MethodShake all ingredients but soda water on ice, including mint. Strain into a chilled glass. Top with soda and garnish with mint leaves.
This delicious two-ingredient cocktail is sure to win your heart! Garnish with a lemon wheel and rose petals for an elevated look.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin5OZRose LemonadeLemon WheelRose Petals
MethodBuild ingredients over ice in a chilled collins glass, starting with the rose lemonade and floating the gin on top. Garnish with a lemon wheel and rose petals.
Better than a bouquet, this gimlet twist is perfect for toasting to those you love. A delightful combination of lime juice, rose syrup and Empress 1908 Gin, the ‘Rosey Cheeks’ bound to have them blushing!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZFresh Lime Juice¾OZRose Simple SyrupRose Petals
MethodShake all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass over ice, or in a coupe served up. Garnish with rose petals for an extra floral touch!
Elevate the classic Collins cocktail with the delicate & delightful addition of chamomile tea. Garnish with dried chamomile flowers for the perfect seasonal touch! Recipe by Empress 1908 Gin Brand Ambassador, Tracey Eden.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZFresh Lemon Juice1OZChamomile Tea SyrupSoda Water (to top)Lemon Wheel & Dried Chamomile Flowers
MethodShake the gin, lemon juice and chamomile syrup on ice. Strain into a chilled collins glass on fresh ice. Top with soda water, and garnish with a lemon wheel and/or dried chamomile flowers.
For lovers of all things floral, the Theodora cocktail is calling your name! Lavender, rose and honey make this fragrant sip perfect for the spring season.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZFresh Lemon Juice¾OZLavender Honey Syrup¼OZRose WaterLavender Sprig or Edible Flower
MethodRinse a chilled coupe glass with rose water. Shake the gin, lemon and syrup on ice, and strain into the coupe. Garnish with a sprig of lavender or edible flower.
This delightfully tropical gin tiki is almost too delicious. Rich flavours of vanilla and coconut, brought to life by fresh lime, are the perfect compliment to Empress 1908’s balanced palette. Created in the Victoria Distillers Cocktail Lounge.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZFresh Lime Juice1OZVanilla Syrup1OZCoconut MilkLime Leaves or Wheel
MethodShake ingredients vigorously on ice until combined, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime leaves or a lime wheel. Tip: whip coconut milk prior to shaking for a creamier texture!
Take a ‘Trip Around the Sun’ with this bright, bold and beachy cocktail. Marrying tropical flavours of banana, passionfruit, vanilla and lemon, this layered creation is perfect for a warm summer’s day.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZWhite Rum½OZPassionfruit Juice½OZFresh Lemon Juice½OZVanilla SyrupHALFBanana, choppedShaved Nutmeg & Passionfruit Seeds
MethodMuddle half a banana, chopped, in a shaker. Add all ingredients but the gin and shake with ice. Pour into a chilled collins or tiki glass and add crushed ice. Float Empress 1908 Gin on top, and add more crushed ice. Garnish with freshly shaved nutmeg and passionfruit seeds. Stir, and enjoy!
This tasty summer treat is the perfect patio companion. Vibrant strawberries and basil syrup paired with a splash of lemon juice and Aperol make for a cocktail you can sip all season long!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZAperol¾OZFresh Lemon Juice¾OZBasil Syrup2Strawberries, choppedBasil Leaves
MethodMuddle two strawberries, chopped, in the bottom of a shaker and and all ingredients but the gin. Shake on ice and strain into a stemless wine glass. Add fresh ice, and float Empress 1908 Gin on top. Garnish with a basil leaf.
Bring on that summer heat! Smoky mezcal, bright citrus and the perfect kick of cayenne spice bring this bold and beautiful Paloma riff to life. Top with your favourite grapefruit soda for an extra bubbly burst of flavour.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZPamplemousse Liqueur½OZMezcal½OZLime JuiceGrapefruit Soda (to top)Salt, Sugar & CayenneGrapefruit Slice
MethodRim a cocktail glass with salt, sugar and cayenne. Shake all ingredients on ice except grapefruit soda, and strain into the cocktail glass over fresh ice. Top with grapefruit soda and garnish with a grapefruit slice.
Join us in celebrating four years of Empress 1908 Gin with the deliciously celebratory ‘Written in the Stars’ cocktail!
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZPeach Liqueur½OZOrgeat Syrup¾OZFresh Lemon JuiceSparkling Wine (to top)Edible Glitter or Sprinkles
MethodRim a champagne flute with sprinkles. Shake ingredients on ice and strain into the chilled flute. Top with sparkling wine.
These bright berry gimlet popsicles bring all our favourite seasonal flavours together. Test out the recipe from @daniliciousdishes on Instagram!
ingredients½CUPEmpress 1908 Gin¾CUPLimeade1CUPBlueberries⅔CUPBlackberries⅔CUPRaspberries1TSPSweetener1PINCHSaltBerries (for topping)
MethodAdd berries, limeade, gin, salt, sweetener to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture if desired. Pour the mixture into 6-8 silicone popsicle molds. Divide the extra fruit between the filled popsicle molds. Place in freezer to set for at least 4 hours. To remove, let sit at room temperature for a few minutes before slowly pulling the popsicles from the mold.
A frozen take on our signature Empress Lavender Lemonade, this gin popsicle makes a delightful summer treat. Mix up the recipe by @the.boozy.ginger on Instagram and enjoy all season long!
ingredients4OZEmpress 1908 Gin2½OZLavender Syrup24OZLemonade
MethodCombine all ingredients in a bowl and stir. Pour into popsicle molds (be careful not to overfill) and freeze for about 6 hours. To remove, let sit at room temperature for a few minutes before slowly pulling them from the mold.
These pretty pink prickly pear popsicles are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up! Try this tasty recipe by @mrs.barnes on Instagram. If you can’t track down a prickly pear syrup, any herbal syrup of your choice will do!
ingredients4OZEmpress 1908 Gin5OZCoconut Milk¼CUPLime Juice¼CUPPrickly Pear Syrup3CUPSElderflower Tonic Water
MethodCombine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to reduce carbonation. Pour into popsicle molds (be careful not to overfill) and freeze for about 6 hours. To remove, let sit at room temperature for a few minutes before slowly pulling them from the mold.
Refreshing flavours of grapefruit and coconut water bring these gin popsicles to life. Looking to quench your thirst on a hot summer day? This recipe by @thesocialsipper on Instagram is the tastiest solution!
ingredients4OZEmpress 1908 Gin1CUPTonic Water1CUPCoconut Water1CUPGrapefruit SodaLime Slices (Optional)
MethodMix all ingredients in a container. Stir to reduce carbonation and pour into a popsicle mold. Add a lime slice to each popsicle mold (optional). Freeze for 6 or more hours or until frozen solid. To remove, let sit at room temperature for a few minutes before slowly pulling the popsicles from the mold.
Raspberries & orange juice make a bold match in these vibrant gin popsicles. Keep cool with the recipe from @delight.fuel on Instagram!
ingredients⅓CUPEmpress 1908 Gin1¼CUPOrange Juice1CUPWater¼CUPAgave Syrup1¼CUPFresh or Frozen Raspberries
MethodIn a pitcher combine orange juice, gin, water and agave syrup. Mix until well combined. Add raspberries and mash a little bit with a wooden spoon. Let infuse for about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust to your desired sweetness (with additional agave syrup.) Pour the mixture into 10-12 silicone popsicle molds and place in the freezer for about 4-6 hours to set. Remove from molds and enjoy!
All you need are three simple ingredients to create this simply stunning sip: fresh lime juice, ginger beer and of course, Empress 1908 Gin! Add the Empress Gin Mule to your home bar rotation and you’ll be set all season long.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZLime Juice3OZGinger BeerLime WheelMint Leaves
MethodIn a collins glass, build the gin, lime juice and ginger beer over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and sprig of mint.
Put some ‘spring’ in your step with this gorgeous Berry Tea Cocktail by @thesocialsipper on Instagram.
ingredients3OZEmpress 1908 Gin½CUPHerbal Tea1TBSPHoney1OZLemon Juice¼CUPSparkling Water2StrawberriesStrawberries, chamomile & lemon wheel
MethodCombine honey and herbal tea and stir until dissolved. Chill. Add strawberries and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add the tea and honey mixture and ice and shake until chilled. Divide into 2 glasses over fresh ice. Top each with a splash of sparkling water. Slowly pour a 1½ oz of Empress 1908 Gin into each glass. Garnish with strawberries, chamomile and lemon. Stir before enjoying!
There’s no cure for summer heat like a frozen cocktail! With grapefruit juice, a touch of sugar and a delicate zesty rim, this blended beauty is perfect for warm days spent in the sun. Stay cool with this delicious recipe by @twolovesstudio on Instagram! (Serves 2)
ingredients3OZEmpress 1908 Gin2OZGrapefruit Juice1OZSimple Syrup3CUPSIce¼CUPSugarZESTOne Half GrapefruitGrapefruit Slice
MethodTo make the sugar rim, finely zest half of a grapefruit. Add the zest to a bowl with the sugar. Mix with your fingers and allow to dry slightly (optional, though this will help you create a nicer sugar rim). Take a slice of the grapefruit and run it around the rim of your cocktail glass. Finely sprinkle the sugar onto the wet rim. Gently tap to remove any excess. Then, in a blender, add the grapefruit juice, gin, simple syrup and ice. Start with 2½ cups of ice. Blend until combined and slushy. If the cocktail feels too liquidy, add the additional ½ cup ice and blend until combined. Serve in your favourite cocktail glass and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit (optional).
You can never go wrong with a tropical classic, and a Mai Tai is the perfect place to start. Rich, fruity flavours of rum, orange, lime and orgeat are the life of any party— try our twist and hit the beach with this delicious cocktail in hand!
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZDark Rum½OZTriple Sec½OZOrgeat½OZLime JuiceLime WheelEdible Flowers
MethodShake ingredients on ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and edible flowers.
Have you ever tried a gin granita? Served as a cocktail, desert or anything in between, it’s the perfect addition to a hot summer’s day. This recipe by @cocktail_contessa on Instagram is a great place to start. You’ll want to double this recipe & make a batch to store in the freezer— trust us, it’s that good! (Serves 2)
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin7OZLemonade1OZLavender Simple Syrup¾OZLemon Juice1OZLimoncello4DASHFloral Bitters½OZEmpress 1908, to pour over (optional)Lemon Twist & Lavender Sprig
MethodCombine all ingredients in a shallow dish and put them in freezer. Fluff with a fork every hour until the mixture is completely frozen and light and fluffy. To serve, put a scoop in a shallow dessert dish and top with a tiny bit more chilled gin if you want to brighten the colour. Garnish with a lemon twist and a lavender sprig.
With pineapple juice, tonic water, lime and Empress 1908 Gin, this cocktail is the elevated tropical G&T we never knew we needed! Enjoy the recipe by @sweettooth_foodtography on Instagram with the details below.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin2OZPineapple Juice1OZTonic Water½OZLime Juice1½CUPSIce CubesPineapple Slice
MethodPlace ice into a blender and blend until snow-like consistency. Fill up a tall cocktail class with the blended ice. Mix the juice of one half lime and pineapple juice together, and pour over the blended ice. Layer Empress 1908 Gin next, and top with tonic water. Garnish your drink with a fresh slice of pineapple. Stir, and enjoy!
The team at @twolovesstudio takes one of our favourite summer stone fruits and pairs it with delicate elderflower to create this darling pink drink. Read below to see how you can mix up this white peach masterpiece at home!
ingredients3OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZElderflower Liqueur¼CUPGrapefruit Juice8OZFrozen White Peaches, Peeled & Sliced*
MethodAdd the frozen peaches, gin, elderflower liqueur and grapefruit juice to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a slice of frozen peach (optional). Serve immediately. Don’t forget to use a reusable straw!
Two granitas are better than one! @twolovesstudio takes our frozen cocktail favourite to the next level with a recipe pairing that’s made for summer! Layering two different granita mixes, this icy mix is double the delicious. Serves four!
ingredients6OZEmpress 1908 Gin2CUPSIndian Tonic Water2CUPSGinger Beer4OZGrapefruit Juice4OZSimple Syrup1CUPPineapple Juice
MethodAdd pineapple juice to a small freezer-proof bowl. Set aside. In a second freezer-proof bowl, add the gin, tonic water, ginger beer, grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Stir to combine. Place both bowls in the freezer overnight. When frozen, scrape both bowls individually with a fork to make the granita. In your favourite cocktail glass, layer the granita by adding the pink gin granita first, topped with the pineapple granita second. Serve immediately.
Who doesn’t love pink lemonade? @marissamakes_ puts a fresh spin on this summertime favourite by blending with ice and adding a splash of gin, of course! Serves two.
ingredients4OZEmpress 1908 Gin1CANFrozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate2OZLemon Juice2CUPSIceLemon SlicesMint Leaves
MethodAdd all ingredients to a blender, and pulse until slushy and combined. Add water or additional lemonade if too thick. Pour into two glasses, garnish with lemon slices, and enjoy!
Tall, elegant and vibrantly violet, @colorful.palate’s Empress Slushie is as easy to make as it is delicious! Complete with an edible flower garnish, this pretty, purple sip is perfect for weekend happy hour.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZFresh Lemon Juice1OZAgave Nectar8OZIceEdible Orchid
MethodAdd all ingredients to a blender and blend until combined and slushy. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orchid or edible flower of your choice.
You can’t go wrong with a G&T. Fresh peach and lavender flavours make this summer gin & tonic recipe by @bitesizedstudio impossible to resist!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZPeach Lavender SyrupTonic WaterPeach SlicesLavender Sprig
MethodPour the lavender syrup and Empress 1908 into a tall glass filled with ice. Fill the glass the rest of the way with tonic water, then garnish with lavender and peach slices if desired.
@emilylaurae’s stunning Summer Blossom Gimlet is the perfect floral twist on a beloved summer classic. The touch of orange blossom water can be swapped for rose water if that’s your flowery fancy! Multiply this recipe by your number of guests, and batch it in a bottle for your next backyard picnic.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZHoney Syrup1OZLime Juice½TSPOrange Blossom WaterLime Twist
MethodShake ingredients on ice until well chilled. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime twist. Enjoy!
Pretty in pink and picnic-perfect! @schmidthappensmn brings us the Empress Summer Bootleg recipe just in time for our next summer picnic— inspired by the Minneapolis classic, add muddled blackberries for an extra seasonal punch!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZBootleg Mix*2OZClub SodaBlackberriesMint Leaves
MethodTo make the bootleg mix, combine ½ cup fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons agave nectar, 2 tablespoons packed with fresh mint leaves and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme. Add to a blender and blend until the herbs are broken into small pieces. Add bootleg mix to the bottom of a shaker and muddle with fresh blackberries. Add gin, ice, and shake to combine. Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice and top with club soda. Garnish with blackberries and fresh mint!
Our very own twist on the classic Spanish Gin & Tonic, this simple and stunning recipe brings autumnal spices to the spotlight! With cinnamon, cloves, anise and dehydrated grapefruit, it’s a summer-to-fall cocktail that packs a seasonal punch.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin3OZPremium Tonic Water2DashAngostura BittersCinnamon StickStar AniseWhole ClovesDehydrated Grapefruit
MethodBuild in a copa glass over ice, adding gin first, followed by the bitters & tonic. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, star anise, whole cloves and dehydrated grapefruit.
Sweet peach, rich walnut and familiar black tea— this mid-season cocktail is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer, and hello to fall!
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZBlack Tea¾OZPeach Liqueur¾OZLemon Juice½OZHoney Syrup2DASHWalnut BittersPeach Slices
MethodShake ingredients on ice. Strain into a cocktail class over fresh ice. Garnish with peach slices.
Bright, herbal and refreshing, this simple layered sip is colourful and delicious! Created by @serendipitybysaralynn on Instagram.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZThyme Syrup2OZGrapefruit JuiceSoda Water (or Tonic Water for extra sweeteness)Fresh ThymeGrapefruit Slice
MethodAdd the simple syrup and grapefruit juice to a chilled rocks glass with ice, and stir. Top up with ice, and flat the gin on top. Garnish with a thyme sprig. Before serving, stir again and finish with a splash of soda or tonic, if desired. Enjoy!
Filled with warm fall flavours like crisp apple and cinnamon spice, the Empress Cider is a must-try this season! Get started with the recipe below by @the.boozy.ginger on Instagram.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1½OZApple Cider½OZCinnamon Syrup½OZFresh Lemon JuiceCinnamon StickApple Slice
MethodAdd ingredients to a shaker, and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.
This ruby red cocktail is as flavourful as it is festive, with juicy pomegranate, tart cranberry and the sweetness of apricot jam. Top it all off with a splash of sparkling wine and you’re set for your next fall feast! Give it a try with @bee.the.love’s recipe below.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin3OZPomegranate Juice2DASHOrange Bitters2TSPApricot JamSparkling WinePomegranate SeedsCranberriesRosemary
MethodShake ingredients on ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with plenty of cranberries & pomegranate seeds, and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
At Empress 1908 we’re passionate about both beautiful & delicious cocktails— safe to say this stunning sip by @servedbysoberon is the best of both!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZLemon Juice½OZPassionfruit Syrup½OZCoconut CreamPassion Flower
MethodShake ingredients on crushed ice and pour into your cocktail class. Garnish with a passion flower.
Create the spectacular Starry Night Granita, imagined by @foodie_renee on Instagram. Featuring fresh-picked orchard pear, violet syrup, a touch of honey and orange zest, it’s the perfect way to celebrate harvest season!
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZViolet Syrup1DROPFloral Bitters1TSPHoney1½CUPSIce CubesRipe Pear, Peeled & ChoppedOrange Zest
MethodAdd the pear, honey and ½ cup ice cubes to a blender and blend until the mixture reaches slushy consistency. Set to the side and repeat steps with the gin, violet syrup, floral bitters and remaining 1 cup ice cubes. Layer into a glass, adding the pear mixture first, followed by the gin mixture. Garnish with orange zest, stir, and enjoy!
Rich with flavour and a deep purple hue, the Empress Elixir is a sweet and spooky cocktail served best on Hallow’s Eve!
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZConcord Grape Juice½OZLime JuiceGinger Beer (To Top)Concord Grapes
MethodBuild in a collins glass over ice, adding ginger beer last. Garnish with concord grapes.