Date Night Fun Making Cocktails With Empress Gin
Do you need a fun date night idea? Well, I got you! One of the silver linings of staying home is all the Friday date nights my husband and I have spent cooking dinner, listening to jazz, and enjoying Empress gin cocktails together. My husband and I love discovering new cocktails. We decided as part of our date night fun, that for several weeks on Friday night, we would make different cocktails using Empress Gin’s signature recipes. We also had fun creating our new recipes too. By the end of this time, not only did we have some fun memories, but had added several new cocktails to our favorite list!
Empress Gin A Botanical Inspired Qualities
When I found Empress 1908 gin, I was drawn to its rich flavor and its beautiful indigo color. The butterfly pea blossom in the gin imparts subtle earthy notes and all-natural indigo color. When you add citrus, like magic the gin transforms from vivid indigo to a delicate soft pink. A neat fact about Empress gin is that it is micro-distilled in small batch copper-pot stills using eight botanicals: juniper, rose coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark, butterfly pea blossoms, and the Fairmont Empress Blend Tea.
You will enjoy including Empress Gin in your date night cocktail making fun! I’ve rounded up the recipe for the Windsor Garden Cocktail, the post on my Instagram account, and several of our other favorite Empress cocktails below. Enjoy and Cheers!
Our Favorite Empress Gin Cocktails
Lavender French 75
The French 75 cocktail, its typically a refreshing blend of champagne, gin, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. Lavender was added to give it a “fresh from the garden” twist and using Empress gin added botanical notes. That’s how my version of the Lavender French 75 was born.
Click Lavender French 75 for the recipe.
The Royal Treatment
You will feel like royalty with this cocktail in your hand. This a quenching mixture of Empress Gin, white cranberry juice, sparkling white wine garnished with kiwi, and your mix of fresh berries is sure to please. Click The Royal Treatment for the recipe.
Windsor Garden Cocktail
One of our all-time favorites, this cocktail made with ingredients like thyme, basil, rosemary, mint leaves, lemon juice, and Empress Gin is the epitome of the botanical cocktail. Click Windsor Garden Cocktail for the recipe
Lemon Elderflower Cocktail
This cocktail is so refreshing and so easy to make just pour all the ingredients in a glass and stir. Empress Gin, Trader Joe’s Lemon Elderflower Soda, Elderflower cordial (non-alcoholic) a touch of lemon juice and garnish with lemon slices for some bubbly goodness. The Lemon Elderflower Cocktail recipe is below.
Lemon Elderflower Cocktail
- 1-1.5 oz Empress Gin 1908 Start off with 1oz and continue adding to 1.5 oz to taste
- 1 can Trader Joe's Lemon Elderflower Soda
- 1 lemon Cut in half , slice one half into thin slices for garnish
- .5 oz Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Cordial
- Fill a short glass with ice
- Pour Empress Gin in the glass**
- Pour Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Cordial
- Top with Trader Joe's Lemon Elderflower Soda
- Take the half of the lemon and squirt desired amount of lemon juice to taste.
- Stir cocktail and garnish with lemon slices. Enjoy!