Enjoy a Very Colorful Mother’s Day with this Royal Gin

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Enjoy Very Colorful & Elegant Gin Cocktails Fit for an Empress Every Mother will Love



This Mother’s Day Mom can enjoy a very colorful and delicious cocktail made with Empress 1908 Gin. With two expressions to choose from, she will certainly have a very special day!




Empress 1908 Indigo Gin

Distilled in copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 Gin contains eight signature botanicals, including exotic butterfly pea blossom, discovered in a tea blend served at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. These blossoms impart a warm herbal earthiness, soft texture, and deep indigo colour. Explore a new aesthetic of extra-sensory, extra-sensational cocktails. The moment of creation is at hand.


Indigo Gin Cocktails:


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Description: For lovers of all things floral, the Theodora cocktail is calling your name! Lavender, rose and honey make this fragrant sip perfect for the spring season. Created by Victoria Distillers.


  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Indigo Gin
  • 3⁄4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 
  • 3⁄4 oz Lavender Honey Syrup 
  • ¼ oz Rose Water
  • Garnishes: Lavender Sprig or Edible Flower

Method: Rinse a chilled coupe glass with rose water. Add the gin, lemon and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the coupe. Garnish with a sprig of lavender or edible flower.


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Description: If you aren’t yet familiar with the Miss Independent, it’s time to see why it’s one of our favorites. This classic cocktail never fails to ‘Empress’!


  • 1 oz Empress 1908 Indigo Gin
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 Dash Absinthe
  • Organ Twist

Method: Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with an orange twist. 


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Description: A fresh twist on the beloved gimlet cocktail, the Cool As A Cucumber brings tart, herbal spring flavors into the spotlight.


  • 1 1⁄2 oz Empress 1908 Indigo Gin 
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup 
  • 4-5 Cucumber Slices 
  • 6-7 Basil Leaves 

 Method: Muddle the cucumber slices in the bottom of your 

 shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and shake on ice. Strain into 

a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a basil leaf and cucumber ribbon.




Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin

Following in the footsteps of our celebrated Empress 1908 Indigo Gin, Empress 1908’s Elderflower Rose expression pays homage to our home city of Victoria, British Columbia. Lovingly referred to as the ‘City of Gardens’, Victoria’s flowers bloom nearly year-round, offering plenty of inspiration for our distillers. Empress Elderflower Rose Gin is handcrafted in copper pot stills and features a bright floral bouquet of nine unique premium botanicals. Distinguished by its surprisingly understated floral palate complemented by citrus and spice notes and a hint of sweetness, Empress Elderflower Rose Gin brings a taste of our home to your next cocktail creation.



Elderflower Rose Gin Cocktails:




Description: Reinvent the beloved Tom Collins with Empress Elderflower Rose— sip on layers of bright lemon, a touch of sweetness and our own unique floral blend!


  • 1.5 oz Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Soda Water

Method: Shake ½ oz Empress Elderflower Rose Gin, lemon and simple syrup on ice. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda and float remaining 1 oz gin on top. Garnish with a lemon wheel and lavender sprig.


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Description: Delicate, decadent and dressed to impress, the Elderflower Sour brings forth the best of our botanical recipe.


  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin
  • ¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Egg White (or Aqua Faba)

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain to remove ice. Shake again without the ice. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with rose petals.


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Description: Sparkling and celebratory, our Elderflower Rose 75 takes a well-loved staple and adds a special floral touch.


  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin
  • ¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup 
  • Sparkling Wine

Method: Shake on ice, fine strain into a chilled flute, top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.





Born of Royal Inspiration

Since 1908, travelers from around the world have fallen in love with the Fairmont Empress Hotel for its majestic grandeur, picturesque vistas, and incomparable afternoon tea service. Overlooking the Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia, this iconic destination has hosted royalty, dignitaries, and discerning explorers for over a century.



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In 2016, we set out to create a gin unlike any other. Having always looked to our surroundings for inspiration, it was only natural that the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel and its renowned afternoon tea program called to us as the perfect place to spark our creativity. Our Master Distiller explored how each one of their teas played with our carefully selected botanicals, leading us on a multi-sensory journey. Finally, we settled on the extraordinary combination of Empress Signature Blend Tea and butterfly pea blossom, which was discovered in a blend called Blue Suede Shoes. In 2017, Empress 1908 Indigo Gin was born.





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