This past November, we asked 10 of our talented mixologist, foodie and photographer friends to help us create a cocktail recipe inspired by our hometown of beautiful Victoria, BC. Presented with a curated collection of our favourite local ingredients, they were put to the task. The stunning creations you find below are the results!
VALE OF BELVOIR
LAVENDER, CRANBERRY & ORANGE
LAVENDER PEACH SOUR
THE MEMORY OF EMPRESS
THE SNOW CAP
ROYAL EMPRESS FIZZ
CITY OF GARDENS
GARDEN BY THE SEA
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin¾OZFresh Lemon Juice½OZ‘Garden of Secrets’ Tea Syrup1TSPHabanero Honey Syrup2DASHESLem-Marrakech Bitters1Egg WhiteDehydrated Orange, Tea & Pea Blossom
MethodAdd all ingredients to a shaking tin, add ice, and shake well. Strain and dry shake, then open pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with ‘Garden of Secrets’ tea blend, butterfly pea blossoms, and a dehydrated orange wheel. Serve with Tingo Maria Sirene Chocolate topped with Saltwest sweet and smoky maple sea salt.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZLavender Cranberry Honey Syrup2OZFresh Squeezed Orange Juice¼OZLemon Juice2DASHESGrapefruit & Hops BittersChampagne (to top)Cranberries
MethodIn a shaker, add orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters and ice. Shake until cold. Strain into a coupe glass. Add 2 oz of Empress 1908 Gin. Top with champagne. Place cranberries on a cocktail pick and rest on top of the glass.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZGrapefruit Liqueur¾OZFresh Lime Juice½OZEarl Grey Cordial1PinchSea SaltGrapefruit Wedge
MethodAdd all ingredients to a shaking tin and then add ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a half slice of grapefruit.
ingredients1OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZBlanco Tequila½OZLavender-Infused White Port¾OZFresh Lemon Juice1TSPLemon-Ginger Honey5DASHESMoondog Latin bitters
MethodCombine everything, except the gin, in a cocktail shaker and short shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass and fill with crushed ice. Top with 1 oz of Empress 1908 Gin and garnish with a grapefruit slice.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZNatural Peach Liqueur½OZLavender Syrup¾OZFresh Lemon Juice5DASHESPeach BittersLemon Twist
MethodMix ingredients and shake well with ice. Double strain into coupe.
ingredients1OZEmpress 1908 Gin3OZHomemade Empress Tonic (Recipe Below)Grapefruit Twist
MethodGather a ½ tsp of each Empress 1908 botanical: juniper, black tea, rose petal, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark, and butterfly pea blossom. Add to 32 oz of tonic water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain. Add Empress 1908 Gin in a 1:3 ratio, carbonate, and bottle. To serve: Torch the 8 botanicals and place a copa glass upside down over them to catch the smoke. Add a large, one-inch ice cube to the glass. Pour in the Empress & Tonic mixture from the bottle over the ice. Garnish with grapefruit peel.
ingredients1½OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZVictoria Syrup½OZFino Sherry½OZBitter Bianco5DASHESGrapefruit & Hops Bitters5DROPSSalineCurrant, Elderflower & Pamplemousse FoamGrapefruit Wheel
MethodStir. Pour. Foam. Garnish. Serve. Cheers!
ingredients1OZEmpress 1908 Gin½OZEgg White½OZElderflower Liqueur½OZSimple Syrup¼OZFresh Lemon Juice2dashPeach BittersLemon Wedge or Twist
MethodDry shake the ingredients by adding Empress 1908 Gin, egg white, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds until foamy. Fill the shaker with ice and shake carefully until the cocktail is cold. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a small lemon wedge or twist.
ingredients2OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZFresh Lemon Juice¾OZLavender-Infused Honey Syrup½OZPink Grapefruit Juice½OZGinger Liqueur3dashesWestern Haskap Bitters1Egg whiteEdible Rose & Grapefruit Twist
MethodAdd all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice for about 30 seconds to build the foam. Add ice to the shaker and shake until chilled. Fine strain the cocktail into a coupe glass and garnish with an edible rose and a grapefruit twist.
ingredients1¾OZEmpress 1908 Gin1OZChrysanthemum Honey Liqueur½OZSimple Syrup½OZFresh Lime Juice½OZFresh Lemon Juice3DASHESCelery Bitters1OZEgg White1OZSoda WaterSPRITZSalted Lavender Pea Flower WaterSea Beans, Edible Flowers, Fennel Fronds, Mint
MethodAdd sea beans to a highball glass with ice. Add liqueur, syrup, lime, lemon and egg white to a shaker & dry shake. Add ice and shaker. Strain into the glass. Top with soda water. Slowly pour Empress Gin into the glass to float. Garnish. Spritz with infused lavender pea flower water. Stir before drinking.