Gear up for the Holidays with stunning at-home cocktail creations from Empress 1908 Gin

This Holiday season, discover a new multi-sensory cocktail experience with Empress 1908’s delicious, all-natural gin. Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 is a collaboration between Victoria Distillers and the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. Their gin pays homage to the Empress' regal afternoon tea service, coupling the hotel's signature black tea blend with carefully sourced botanicals in its recipe. The result is a spirit with a modern flavour profile that is at once lively, delicate, and opulent. Whether you're looking for last minute gifts or a bold new way to enjoy Holiday-inspired cocktails, Empress 1908's premium gin will elevate any Holiday celebration.

On top of traditional gin botanicals and Empress Blend tea, Empress 1908 adds grapefruit peel, ginger root, and cinnamon bark to their gin, lending it unique bright and peppery notes. Perhaps the most unusual botanical of all, butterfly pea blossom is also added to balance the gin's citrus notes with a warm herbal earthiness and soft texture, and provide it with a lush natural indigo colour that transforms depending on the mixer. A twist on tradition, Empress 1908's creative combination of botanicals, exquisite taste, and remarkable presentation provide the perfect base for a new aesthetic of Holiday cocktail creation. 

Since it's establishment in 2017, Empress 1908 has made a big splash in the world of spirits. It comes as no surprise that their award-winning gin has received praise on the local, national, and international stage, including but not limited to: The Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, The Fairplex Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, The World Gin Awards, The New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, and The World Beverage innovation Awards.

This Holiday season, we invite you to join the Empress 1908 story by creating— or simply enjoying— a new aesthetic of irresistible Holiday cocktails. Spice up the generic French 75 (or any other gin cocktail!) with Empress 1908’s exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation. The moment of creation is at hand.

 

Empress 1908's Holiday favourites:

 

Cranberry 75:
The perfect signature drink for your Holiday celebration! Sweet and tart, the Cranberry 75 is a festive spin on a classic. 

1.5oz Empress 1908 Gin

0.5oz Lemon Juice

0.5oz Cranberry Juice

0.5oz Simple Syrup

Sparkling Wine (to top)

Garnish: Cranberries

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

 


Cinnamon 75:
Sugar, spice and everything nice! The Cinnamon 75 will be an instant Holiday hit. 

1.5oz Empress 1908 Gin

0.75oz Lemon Juice

0.5oz Cinnamon Syrup

0.25oz Maple Syrup

Sparkling Wine (to top)

Garnish: Cinnamon

Method: Shake on ice, fine strain into a chilled flute, top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. 
For the syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer with cinnamon sticks (approximately 2-3 per 1 cup of water) for about 15 minutes, or until the desired flavour is reached. Strain, and cool. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 1-2 weeks.

 

 

Rosemary 75:
Light and cheery, the Rosemary 75 is your new go-to Holiday cocktail. 

1.5oz Empress 1908 Gin

0.75oz Lemon Juice

0.5oz Rosemary Syrup

Sparkling Wine (to top)

Garnish: Rosemary Syrup & Pomegranate Seeds

Method: Shake on ice, fine strain into a chilled flute, top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds. 

For the syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer with rosemary sprigs (approximately 3-4 per 1 cup of water) for about 15 minutes, or until the desired flavour is reached. Strain, and cool. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 1-2 weeks.

 

 

About: Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 Gin is a collaboration between Victoria Distillers and the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. On top of traditional botanicals, Empress 1908 adds a signature blend of black tea served at the Empress Hotel, as well as butterfly pea blossom, an exotic herb that lends the gin a warm herbal earthiness and natural indigo colour. Empress 1908's exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation set it apart from traditional spirits, and provide the perfect base for a new multi-sensory cocktail experience. 

Empress 1908 Gin is a remarkable spirit that could have only been created in the city of Victoria, on beautiful Vancouver Island, where rugged mountains meet the beautiful Pacific Coast. It is a place where tradition is honoured, nature is revered, and artistic expression drives innovation. Perched on the edge of the continent, Empress 1908 is inspired and guided by the natural world. They embrace the wild, and respect both the saltwater that surrounds them and the pristine fresh water used in their gin. Empress 1908’s commitment to nature extends beyond the product to include sustainable production practices, including a geothermal cooling system used in their distillery. Empress 1908 is proud to be paving the way in sustainable spirits.

Empress 1908 Gin is now available for purchase in select liquor stores across Canada and the USA, and can be purchased online and shipped across North America. 

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For editorial pulls, high-resolution shots, product samples, interviews, or any related media inquiries for Empress 1908 Gin, please contact: Michelle Calvert, 323.348.6412 or email
 

 


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