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Empress 1908

Updated: Jun 24

The original indigo gin


Colour changing gin... It's becoming a thing now. Going from one colour to the next. Shades of blue to pink, orange to pink, dark pink to pink, you get the gist right?

I'm not going to name and shame here but the taste and quality of these gins to vary. Most are style over substance for sure. I have a bunch in my gin collection but its a type of gin I pull out for my friends if they are new to gin as its fun. These gins change colour when tonic water or citrus fruit is added as it changes the pH levels.

Empress gin is from Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. They call themselves 'The Original Indigo Gin' 8 botanicals go into this gin Fairmount Empress Blend Tea, Juniper, Grapefruit Peel, Coriander Seed, Rose Petal, Butterfly Pea Blossom, Ginger Root and Cinnamon Bark.

Lots darker then the other colour changing gins I've tried. With most my family being Canadian I like to try gins from other there. Naturally when I came across Empress 1908 I had to give it a try. I was surprised. Not only was this gin pretty to look at but it also made a great g&t not to mention very pretty cocktails. I knew I would have fun playing around with it.


Empress & Tonic

The Hawaiian Empress


  • 50ml Empress Gin

  • 30ml Unsweetened Pineapple Juice

  • 20ml Lemon Juice

  • 10ml Orgeat Syrup

  1. Pour Pineapple juice, lemon juice and syrup into cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake away.

  3. Double strain into a glass filled with ice.

  4. Using the back of a bar spoon pour in Empress Gin so it creates a layer.

  5. Stir when ready to drink and watch some serious magic happen.





The Empress's Jewels


  • 50ml Empress Gin

  • 20ml Italicus

  • 20ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

  • 15ml Homemade Rosemary Syrup

  1. Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker along with ice.

  2. Shake everything up for a good 15-20 seconds.

  3. Fine strain into a coupe glass.

  4. Garnish with Rosemary and a pretty flower.






Imperatice Negroni


  • 40ml Empress Gin

  • 40ml Bordiga188 Vermouth

  • 20ml Luxardo Bitters Bianco

  • 20ml Italicus

  1. Stir into glass over ice.

  2. Garnish with Grapefruit peel.














If you can get you're hands on this bottle I would, not for the fact that it's pretty and changes colour. I would get you're hands on this bottle because its a great gin, it makes a delicious gin and tonic.



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