Getting gin-ny with it. We’ve been sipping some of the most delicious and beautiful cocktails this summer during our Outdoor Dining series. We first discovered Empress Gin cocktails at Merchants NY. However, you don’t need to leave your home to enjoy a good drink. You can host a small happy hour or cocktail party at home. With this gin, you can make the most beautiful Empress Gin Cocktails. We partnered with Empress Gin to create a Pear and Rosemary Gin Cocktail. We are excited to share this Empress Gin cocktail with you.
What is Empress 1908 Gin?
Empress Gin is a hand-crafted spirit by Victoria Distillers and the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. This gin uses eight botanicals: juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark, butterfly pea blossoms and the Fairmont Empress Blend Tea. Look at how gorgeous the bottle is? Best of all, Empress Gin is all natural and gluten-free.
Empress Gin has a beautiful, all natural indigo hue from from the butterfly pea blossoms. This flower has a warm, herbal earthiness and is responsible for Empress Gin’s unique all natural color. When this gin is mixed with citrus or tonic, the color changes from a vibrant indigo blue to a delicate purple. Make sure to watch while the change happens… it’s fast and beautiful.
Empress Gin is also made with The Fairmont Empress Tea. This signature tea at the Empress Hotel is a blend of seasonal, quality teas from Assam, Kenya, South India, Ceylon, and China. Empress Gin is also made with Juniper, which provides the complex flavor in most gins. It has notes of pine and citrus too.
Pear and Rosemary Empress Gin Cocktail Recipe
To make the Pear and Rosemary Empress Gin cocktail, you’ll need to start with making the pear and rosemary simple syrup. Simple syrup is very easy to make and stores in the fridge for two weeks. In a skillet, heat a cup of sugar and water and then add the chopped pear and rosemary sprigs.
The simple syrup will thicken, and then you can remove from the heat. Strain into a jar. Sometimes we add more water to the leftover pear and rosemary and heat again until thickened. This will give you some extra simple syrup. Then mix it all up with the first batch. We’ve even done this three or four times to get a little more syrup.
Next add the Empress Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice and Tonic Water to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Make sure to watch the color change of the Empress Gin as you add the lemon juice and tonic water. We also doubled the recipe to make two servings. Fill the glass or glass with more ice and pour.
Make sure to use a high quality mixer like Fever-Tree.
Next add a lemon slice and rosemary sprig as a garnish. You can also add purple flowers as a garnish too.
This summer, take control of happy hour at home. You can make this Empress Gin cocktail for yourself, your partner or roommates. You can also make it in larger batches and host a bigger happy hour at home. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a mixologist to make this Pear and Rosemary Empress Gin Cocktail. This simple Empress Gin cocktail can be stirred, shaken, or otherwise mixed up and ready for you in just a few minutes. You can order Empress Gin from their website or on Drizly. Cheers and drink responsibly.
Pear and Rosemary Empress Gin Cocktail
Pear and Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Cup of White Sugar
- 1 Pear
- 1 Sprig of Rosemary
- 2 Oz Empress 1908 Gin
- 1 Oz Pear and Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 Oz Tonic Water
- Garnishes: Lemon Slices and Rosemary Sprigs
- Combine water and sugar in a sauce pan
- Slice pear
- Add pear and rosemary to the sauce pan and stir for 5 minutes
- Allow the simple syrup to cool; store in refrigerator
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add Empress 1908 Gin, Tonic Water, Lemon Juice and Tonic Water to the cocktail shaker
- Shake, shake, shake
- Fill a glass with ice and pour the cocktail
- Add the garnishes
When life hands you lemons, make an Empress Gin and Tonic.
This is a beautiful cocktail that will impress any guest. Not to mention that it’s incredibly tasty too.
A very beautiful cocktail and so flavorful!
What a lovely cocktail with fab flavor! I can’t get over the beautiful color! Gin fan, all the way!
I love your glasses! They remind me of my childhood for some reason. 🙂 And you are so right that gin bottle is gorgeous. I’m not a huge fan of gin but my husband loves gin so we always have some around for cocktails.
Wata fabulous cocktail and love the beautiful color of this gin! I will have to check the out for sure and appreciate you sharing this yummy recipe! Pinning it next 😉
Very pretty! I love the indigo hue! I love this Gin now!
This is ideal for family gatherings or just to have on a date. Sharing with a friend as we are hoping to get together this weekend.