Empress Gin cocktail with flower garnish on white background

7 Excellent Empress Gin Cocktails with Recipes

By Timo Torner / Last updated on December 20, 2022

Empress Gin is best known for its colorful appearance. The Gin carries hints of rose, grapefruit, and juniper, which work exceptionally well in these drink recipes.

The most common of Empress Gin cocktails is a Gin and Tonic. The first reason is that this Highball is simply the most famous Gin drink. Another one is that in combination with acidic ingredients (like tonic water), Empress changes its color from dark blue/purple to bright pink.

But this Gin isn't limited to G&Ts. The overall quite classic flavor profile makes it a great ingredient in many Gin-based cocktail recipes. Here's a guide to easy cocktail recipes you can make with Empress Gin.

Empress G&T | Lavender Martini | Pink Empress Gin Sour | Amethyst Negroni | Empress Negroni | Purple Gin Fizz | Empress French 75

Empress Gin & Tonic

Empress Gin and Tonic garnished with flowers

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Empress Gin
  • 6 oz Tonic Water (e.g. Elderflower tonic water)
  • 1 dash of Orange bitters

We're starting with the classiest option: an colorful G&T. Use the classic ratio of three parts tonic water per one part Gin. The blue Gin is best paired with slightly floral or citrusy tonic water.

Our recommendation, in this case, is Fever-Tree elderflower tonic water. This tonic is a bit sweeter than your standard bottles. Thus, we prefer to add a dash of orange bitters to the mix to balance the sweet flavors with some bittersweet citrus notes.

Instructions: Pour the Gin into a Highball glass filled with ice and top it with chilled elderflower tonic water. Add orange bitters and gently stir the drink before serving.

Lavender Martini

Lavender Martini on marble table garnished with lavender sprig

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz Empress Gin
  • 0.5 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 0.5 oz Homemade lavender syrup
  • 2 dashes of Orange bitters 

Empress also works well in traditional recipes like a Dry Martini. But to spice things up, our Lavender Martini recipe also includes some lavender syrup and orange bitters to mix.

Since we add floral syrup to the recipe, you want to shake this drink on ice instead of stirring it. 

Instructions: Simply put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 15 - 18 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass and garnish with a lavender sprig. 

Pink Empress Gin Sour

Pink Empress Gin Sour cocktail with rosemary garnish

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Empress Gin
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz Gomme syrup or simple syrup

A classic Gin Sour is one of the best Gin-based cocktails. When making it with Empress Gin, the drink will turn out bright pink instead of the usual yellowish version.

For a richer mouthfeel, I prefer gomme syrup in this recipe. If you don't have this at home, you can also use a rich simple syrup or a standard sugar syrup of your choice.

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake the drink for 15 - 18 seconds and then strain it into an ice-filled glass.

Amethyst Negroni

Amethyst Negroni twist with lemon peel

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Empress Gin
  • 1.25 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1.25 oz Campari

The Amethyst Negroni got its name from its striking color. The flavor of this twist is pretty standard because it includes the same ingredients you will find in a classic Negroni recipe.

To emphasize the Gin's flavors, though, we slightly increased the ratio of the Gin. If this is too Gin-forward for your taste buds, you can adjust to equal amounts of Gin, Campari, and Vermouth.

Instructions: add all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir the drink until it's well-chilled. Strain over ice into a rocks glass and garnish as preferred; -the traditional option would be an orange peel.

Empress Negroni

Empress Negroni on ice with lemon

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Empress Gin
  • 0.75 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 0.75 oz Luxardo bitter bianco

This one is another Negroni riff, yet this time of a White Negroni. Empress Gin, Dry Vermouth, and Luxardo bitter Bianco make for a bittersweet drink with a beautiful color.

Instructions: Like our Amethyst Negroni, this drink is made in a mixing glass. Pour all ingredients in with plenty of ice and stir until the cocktail is chilled. Then strain over ice into a cocktail glass.

Purple Gin Fizz

Purple Gin Fizz with frothy top and skeleton leaf garnish

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Empress Gin
  • 0.75 oz Lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz Rich syrup (2:1 ratio of sugar to water)
  • 1 egg white
  • Soda water

This bright pink-colored Gin Fizz variation is a tasty and refreshing cocktail with an eye-catching color. The addition of rich syrup instead of simple syrup in combination with egg white creates a velvety, smooth, and rich mouthfeel.

The freshness of lemon juice and chilled sparkling water make this drink a nice thirst quencher. 

Instructions: add Gin, lemon juice, rich syrup, and egg white into a cocktail shaker and vigorously shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a Highball glass and top with ice-cold soda water.

Empress French 75

Empress French 75 cocktail on dark background

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Empress Gin
  • 0.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bsp Simple syrup
  • 2.5 oz Champagne

This colorful twist on the traditional French 75 recipe is an easy-to-make and elegant drink. It's sweet, tangy, and super refreshing.

Instructions: combine Empress Gin, lemon juice, and syrup in your cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until it's chilled, and then strain into a Champagne flute.

Top up the drink with chilled Champagne or another sparkling wine of your choice. 

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