Make visually striking cocktails and even alcoholic popsicles with our easy Empress gin recipes that not only look good but also taste good.
The unique ingredient that separates Empress gin from its counterparts is butterfly pea blossom, which gives it a stunning and intriguing indigo or purple color.
With such a distinctive tone, it’s not difficult to create impressive-looking cocktails.
It’s also a very useful color-changing gin because once you add different liquids to the mix, you can see the color morphing from one to another.
From indigo to blue to even light pink, the possibilities are endless!
Break out the bottle for special occasions or if you just want to add some flair to your usual cocktail recipes!
Empress Gin Recipes
Here are 20 of the best Empress gin cocktails that you can easily try at home and we’ve also included our favorite in the recipe card below!
If you want a cocktail that turns heads, you’ll need to check out this stunning Starry Night Granita recipe.
From a pale yellow slushy to a deep violet color, the mix of fresh orchard pear, violet syrup, and Empress gin creates a beautiful gradient that is definitely Instagram-worthy.
Honey is blended along with pear to add some sweetness to the drink and it tastes absolutely delicious and refreshing.
Finish off by garnishing with some orange zest to add even more color and contrast before serving.
With such a dazzling look and simple recipe, we’re sure you’ll enjoy making this regularly!
2. Garden City
This aptly-named Garden City cocktail is well-balanced with its citrus flavor and sweetness, making it a delightful and tasty drink.
Citrus notes are contributed by grapefruit and lemon, with the tart flavor giving the drink a refreshing twist.
Lychee simple syrup is used for its fragrant and vibrant sweetness that helps to balance out the sourness of the citrus fruits.
Layered on top is the beautiful Empress gin that transforms the drink into a beautiful and impressive cocktail.
Inspired by sweet violet flowers, Amethyst Meadow is a fantastic cocktail that uses ingredients that further emphasize the beautiful violet color.
Homemade blueberry syrup, Crème de Violette, and Empress gin all impart their distinctive shades of purple in this drink.
Together with egg white and lemon juice, the ingredients are shaken and strained into a chilled glass before serving.
The violet theme is accentuated with a final garnish of violet and blueberries.
Level up your bartending skills with this milk-washed Clarified Saturn recipe, a twist on the classic cocktail that tastes super smooth and delicious!
The spiced flavor of Falernum and the fruitiness of passionfruit syrup and lemon combine to create an extremely bold and flavorful cocktail that is really enjoyable.
Half of the Empress gin is reserved and added after the filtration process, which helps to retain the amazing botanical notes of the gin and maintain the vibrant violet color.
This is a delightful cocktail that is perfect for a relaxing evening!
A unique take on the classic cocktail, Empress Mai Tai is a delightful drink that everyone can enjoy.
The nutty and citrusy flavors of orgeat combine well with the tropical flavors of triple sec and lime juice to create a tasty cocktail that is perfect to hit the beach with.
With the addition of Empress gin to this classic cocktail that traditionally uses only rum, we have a pretty violet drink that tastes flowery, nutty, and fruity all at the same time.
Try it once and it’ll quickly be your favorite Mai Tai variation!
Enjoy delicious sweet treats that you‘ll definitely love with these Elderflower Southside popsicles!
With a combination of elderflower tonic, lime juice, and fresh mint leaves, these popsicles taste really refreshing with hints of floral and citrus notes.
Empress gin adds a lovely shade of purple and gives them a touch of alcohol taste.
Nothing beats the feeling of cooling down with frozen popsicles on a hot and sunny day!
Give a unique twist to a classic cocktail in this Frozen Bee’s Knees that is as outstanding as its name.
Traditional Bee’s Knees is a simple extension of the usual Gin Sour, with honey replacing sugar, along with the other 2 common ingredients in gin and lemon juice.
This recipe takes it one step further by blending the drink with crushed ice until it’s frosty.
The resulting cocktail is brilliant, delicious, and perfect for cooling down during the summer season!
Make a beautifully layered cocktail with this simple Firecracker Cooler recipe that tastes as good as it looks.
The bottom red layer is made by crushing some mixed berries in a collins glass before adding crushed ice.
The second translucent layer is created by pouring coconut water into the glass.
The final top layer is simply made by slowly pouring Empire gin to create a blue layer sitting on top of the coconut water.
Finish it by garnishing with some edible flowers and mixed berries before serving this wonderful cocktail!
If you’re a fig lover, you’ve got to try this amazing cocktail that uses homemade “fignilla” syrup.
Just as the name suggests, it’s made by boiling a combination of figs and vanilla beans, plus sugar and water.
Add some lemon juice for a refreshing flavor that blends in really well with the syrup.
Shake everything and strain into a glass, then garnish with a fresh fig for a delicious drink that’s perfect for the summer!
10. Empress Shirley
Turn the classic Shirley Temple mocktail into a tasty alcoholic cocktail with an Empress makeover!
Grenadine and lemon juice remain a mainstay while the usual ginger ale is replaced by Empress gin in this recipe and the fizz is provided by lemon-lime soda.
In a glass of violet and red hues, a Shirley Temple variation has never looked more beautiful than this cocktail here.
Don’t forget to garnish the drink with a cherry on top to complete the lovely presentation!
11. Empress Gin Mule
For a simple and refreshing cocktail, check out the Empress Gin Mule which only requires three main ingredients to concoct.
With a spicy flavor coming from ginger beer and the crisp tartness of lime juice, the two combine to form a very pleasant taste.
Adding Empress gin is just icing on the cake with its beautiful purple hue and delightful botanical notes.
You’ll definitely be making this on a regular basis with how delicious it tastes and how simple it is to make!
12. Royal Hawaiian
Originating from Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, the Royal Hawaiian takes on a modern spin with this Empress gin recipe.
Combining pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice, gin, and orgeat makes for a truly tropical and refreshing drink.
The classic cocktail traditionally uses uncolored gin mixed throughout the drink but in this modified recipe, Empress gin is layered on top for an absolutely gorgeous gradient.
It’s so beautiful and tasty that we’re sure this will quickly become your go-to tropical drink very soon!
13. GG’s Delight
Some days call for a quick and simple recipe and GG’s Delight is definitely one that you’ll need to add to your bar rotation.
This easy-to-make drink not only tastes delicious but also looks incredible, thanks to the beautiful color of Empress gin.
Combining Empress gin, ginger liqueur, and orange bitters creates a stunning indigo hue, and garnishing with an edible flower really completes the presentation for a classy drink.
We love the simplicity and minimalistic style of this cocktail and it’s easily one of our favorite Empress gin recipes!
Give everyone’s childhood favorite drink a twist and a spin with this Frozen Lavender Lemonade recipe!
This is actually a variation of Empress Lavender Lemonade, which itself is a modern cocktail take on the popular lemonade drink.
Using honey and lavender cordial helps to add an excellent floral flavor to the drink, which is accentuated by Empress gin’s botanical notes.
Together with bergamot liqueur and some ice, this blended cocktail makes for a delicious and refreshing cocktail!
Sweet and tangy, the Blackberry Mint Royale is the perfect drink to enjoy on a warm and sunny day.
Muddled blackberries and blackberry liqueur give this cocktail a bold and dark purple color, and the taste is delightful with a minty aftertaste and hints of floral fragrance.
The splash of sparkling wine helps to bring the flavors to the forefront and the resulting drink is one that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere.
This cocktail is great for unwinding in the evening after a long day’s work!
This Strawberry Basil Smash is easy to make and it’s so flavorful and delicious!
With strawberries, basil leaves, and Empress gin, you have a cocktail that tastes fruity, herbal, and floral all at the same time.
Adding fresh lemon juice makes the drink even more refreshing and tasty.
All the ingredients come together really well in this simple recipe and we just love the complex taste profile of this cocktail that’s perfect for a relaxing afternoon!
Enjoy a delicious tropical cocktail with Hibiscus Coconut Gimlet that you can easily make at home.
Refreshing fresh lime juice combined with cream of coconut can transport you to any tropical destination with a sip, and the fragrant hibiscus fruit tea lends its tartness to create a flavorful drink.
Empress gin shines with its botanical notes and once all the ingredients are shaken together, the final cocktail just tastes absolutely wonderful.
Garnish with a lime wheel to complete the drink before serving!
Featuring an impressive gradient from dark to light blue, Respect Your Elder is a delightful cocktail that tastes as good as it looks.
Homemade blueberry reduction is made by cooking blueberries and honey in a saucepan over heat and then straining the mixture out.
After that, it’s all about layering with blueberry reduction, Empress gin, elderflower liqueur, and soda water.
Keeping in line with the color theme, garnish with some blueberries to finish off the cocktail before enjoying!
Sip on this fragrant, floral, and refreshing variation of Tom Collins with the delicious Cucumber Rose Collins.
The cocktail is colored a pretty pink, thanks to honey rose syrup, which is made by heating rose water and honey in a saucepan.
Empress gin, cucumber slices, and lemon juice are added along with honey rose syrup before being shaken and strained.
For a great visual presentation, garnish with a rose and cucumber ribbon before serving!
Make an Italian classic with this Sgroppino al Limone recipe that has been given an Empress tweak.
It’s the perfect combination of cocktail and dessert, and it tastes absolutely amazing!
With Empress gin and lemon sorbet, this cocktail can only taste refreshing, floral, and delicious.
Chilled sparkling wine is added to elevate the drink to the next level and you just can’t get enough of it.
You definitely have to try this for your next post-dinner drink!
At Glorious Recipes, we have our own Empress gin recipe that we absolutely adore. It’s beautiful, delicious, and filled with floral and citrus flavors. Check out the Empress Lavender recipe below!
- 1½ oz Empress gin
- ½ oz Curaçao
- ½ oz homemade lavender syrup (see note)
- ¾ oz freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 egg white, large
- dried lavender (garnish)
- Add all the ingredients except ice and dried lavender into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for at least 60 seconds.
- Add ice into cocktail shaker and shake well for 15 seconds.
- Strain into glass and garnish with dried lavender.
- Serve and enjoy!
To make the lavender syrup, you'll need 1 cup water, 1½ tbsp of dried lavender, 1 cup sugar, and 2 tsp of butterfly pea flower tea. Add water and dried lavender into a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to let it simmer before adding sugar. Stir well to make sure the sugar is dissolved then let it continue to simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and add butterfly pea flower tea. Stir and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a jar and let it cool before use. This makes around 16 servings and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is only an estimate and can vary depending on ingredients used.
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