Since quarantine, I’ve been making lots of cocktails and sharing them on Instagram. My favorite spirit of choice lately is Empress 1908 Gin. I discovered Empress 1908 Gin a few months ago when my friend Katie invited me to take a charcuterie board class. That was so much fun! They provided cocktails at the event and all the cocktails were made with Empress 1908 Gin only. I was immediately blow away. It is a hand-crafted spirit from Victoria distillers in British Columbia, Canada. This is a botanical infused gin, and it has a natural purple hue. I love the color! In my opinion, it just makes your drink look a little bit more fun!
This gin is inspired by the renowned tea and cocktail programs of the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria. Doesn’t it sound so regal?! And sometimes the color changes depending on what is being put into the drink.
This gin is unique because of its flavor. As I mentioned earlier, it is botanical infused. It includes butterfly pea blossom, fairmont empress tea, juniper, grapefruit peel, coriander seed, cinnamon bark, rose petal, and ginger root. Trust me, it is delicious! You should be able to find Empress 1908 Gin at your local liquor store. If you’re in Chicago, they definitely have it at Binnys! You can also purchase it online.
Empress Blackberry Gin Fizz
- 1.5 oz Empress 1908 Gin
- 0.5 oz Simple Syrup (about 1 tablespoon)
- 2 -3 blackberries
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (about half a lemon or 2 tablespoons)
- sparkling water (I love to use Topo Chico)
- lemon slices for garnish (I use about 2 slices)
- Muddle 2-3 blackberries in the bottom of the glass. I love to use a whiskey glass for this cocktail.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the Empress 1908 Gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
- Fill the glass with ice. If you want to garnish with lemon slice, I recommend first filling the glass halfway with ice, add the lemon slices and then fill the rest with ice. That way the lemon slices can easily stand up around the glass and stay put.
- Pour the drink mix into the glass. Top it off with sparkling water.
Drinkware Recommendation for Empress Blackberry Gin Fizz
I recommend using a whiskey glass style or any short glassware.
You’ll definitely need a cocktail shaker.
What about you? Have you been making cocktails? What is your favorite one to make?
Regine Karpel says
Beautiful drink. Happy Friday.
Thank you Regine! Happy Friday!
So excited you’re sharing this recipe! I’ve been dying to give this cocktail a try since you posted about it on Instagram Stories! Can’t wait to make it this weekend.
Yay! You have to share what you think of it!
Kate DiMare says
The drink looks delicious and I love the purple color of the Empress gin. I’m definitely going to get the ingredients and try it. Also love your rainbow stripe dress.
Thank you so much Mumsie! I hope you enjoy it!
Anna English says
This cocktail sounds delish, and is right up my alley!
It’s so tasty!
That sounds absolutely amazing! Since moving to London a G&T has become my favorite drink, I hardly order anything but gin anymore. I’ll have to try this recipe!
Love drinking G&T! You should definite trying using Empress with G&T. It’s amazing!
Tanvi Rastogi says
Gin & Tonic is my favorite drink. I will definitely give this a shot. P.S. Love your dress.
I love G&T too! And it is incredible with Empress Gin!
This sounds amazing! I’m not usually a gin fan, but I feel like with fruitier drinks like this, it helps cut down on the pine taste.
My husband isn’t a gin person either but loves this one!
OMG I need to try this out! It looks so yummy! So pretty too!
Let me know when you do! Cheers!
Makeup Muddle says
Ooh wow this gin sounds so lovely, and the packaging looks stunning! I need to try this recipe xo
I highly recommend trying it out!
Helena Primeira says
I confess that I’m not a fan of gin, but this drink was a charm and makes you want to try it 🙂
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My husband isn’t it either but he really love this drink!
Thank you so much for sharing recipe. I need to try it.
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Yay I hope you like it!
OKey I’ll definitely need to try this cocktail! I haven’t had any since before quarantine started….
Have a wonderful saturday!
For sure worth trying!
Melody Jacob says
You look so lovely and nice
that drink looks really nice
Thank you for sharing! Sounds so delicious!!!
I’ve been craving for new tastes ever since the quarantine started.
It’s so tasty!
I don’t really drink but I’d give this a try – it looks so pretty! thanks for sharing! 🙂
Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂
It does have a pretty color!
So I need to recreate this for my next zoom HH. I basically have all the ingredients already. thanks for sharing!
Yay! I hope you like it!
This sound great. Thank you so much for sharing recipe. Your photos are so beautiful.
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While I don’t drink, I love how pretty this drink is!!
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Thank you Ashley!
This cocktail sounds right up my alley! It’s been ages since I’ve made anything with gin. I’ll have to get my hands on this asap!
Ellis James Designs says
Are you kidding me, a gorgeous-looking gin tinted purple, plus it changes color depending on what you mix it with? Sign me up!
Right?! Such an awesome gin!
This looks so good! I can’t drink unless I take 4 pills (2 before and 2 after), and I already take 4 a day. Last time I drank was on New Years, but being in quarantine makes me want to enjoy a drink. I might make this later to try! Will have to make my simple syrup with monk fruit or bocha sweet though.
Well definitely only drink for special occasions!
I don’t really drink but this one is something worth trying! thanks for sharing the recipe! <3
Stay safe! 🙂
Sarah Lindner says
Don’t drink much but this sounds so good and perfect for summer! xoxo, Sarah
For sure a great summery drink!
Having fun with cocktails has been a cool part of social distancing. I need to try this for my next porch happy hour!
I’m such a big gin + blackberry fan! I definitely need to try out this recipe – especially because I already have all these ingredients in my house! I might try this tonight!
YAY! Cheers!! Empress Gin is so good!