Empress Gin Cocktails

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Empress Gin is a beautiful colored gin that creates the most stunning blue and purple cocktails! We’re sharing a few Empress Gin cocktail recipes that you can assemble at home.

Empress Gin 1908 by Victoria Distillers is a spirit that is all the rave right now. It’s blue, it’s smooth, and most importantly, it’s strong. 

Bottle of Empress gin on a bar cart

It’s the perfect gin for poolside cocktails with the girls, classy mixed drinks for company parties, and a quick nightcap after a long day. In this guide, you’ll learn everything there is to know about it including where it gets its color and what it tastes like.

Keep reading to learn more. 

Empress Gin Ingredients

Victoria Distillers carefully select their tea leaves and only use the best ingredients available to craft their exquisite gin. These include the following botanicals:

  • Butterfly Pea Flower
  • Fairmont Empress Tea
  • Juniper
  • Grapefruit Peel
  • Coriander Seed
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Rose Petal 
  • Ginger Root

The result is a lavish gin with a delicate aroma, elegant taste, and an incredible aesthetic. The best part— there are no artificial colors, chemicals, or dyes. 

Empress Gin Cocktails

soda water and gin

Soda Water and Gin

This is an easy Empress Gin cocktail using soda water and gin. It’s low in calories and looks beautiful in an old-fashioned glass.

purple cocktail punch

Lavender Gin and Tonic

Make a lavender gin and tonic by infusing Empress gin with lavender. Originally we used butterfly pea flower to make this, but using Empress makes it a step easier!

purple cocktail made with Empress gin

Classic Gin and Tonic

Make a classic gin and tonic and garnish with a rose and lime wedge. Guests will love the added color, turning a simple cocktail into a fun drink!

Why is Empress Gin Purple? 

Butterfly pea flower is a very popular resource in many cultures for extracting natural blue dye. It’s been used for centuries in South East Asia and South America to enhance the aesthetics of their bold cuisine. 

Many distilleries, including Victoria Distillers, started using butterfly pea flowers to give their beverages a beautiful blue hue that makes cocktails vibrant and earthy.

What Makes Empress Gin Different?

Empress Gin 1908 is one of the most unique spirits created. It is handcrafted in copper-pot still and blended with eight different tea botanicals to give it an exquisite taste. 

It doesn’t use any artificial dyes or chemicals, which makes it stand out from the competition. Most colored spirits use artificial dyes that many consumers are sensitive or allergic to.

It is an accessible spirit for those that want gorgeous blue cocktails without all the fake ingredients. 

How Do You Serve Empress Gin?

It’s great served straight or in a cocktail. A few ice cubes, a splash of gin, and a lime garnish are some of the most common ways to enjoy it. 

pouring blue spirit into a glass filled with ice

Is Empress Gin a London Dry Gin?

No, it is not a London Dry Gin. It’s a Pacific Northwest Gin that is expertly distilled with Empress tea and other botanicals that pair nicely with the classic taste of juniper and citrus. The result is a modern gin with the perfect amount of class and flavor. 

How Does Empress Gin Taste?

As itself, it tastes juniper, earthy tea, and citrus. As a base, cocktails embody this unique flavor to enhance the other ingredients of the mix for a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Now you know everything there is to know about this beautiful gin, including where it gets its color and what it tastes like.

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purple cocktail made with Empress gin

Empress Gin Cocktail

A simple purple gin and tonic recipe made with Empress Gin.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
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Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Eden


  • 2 ounces Empress Gin
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice
  • 4 ounces Tonic Water


  • Fill a short glass with ice.
  • Pour in Empress Gin.
  • Add in the lime juice.
  • Top with tonic water.


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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