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


As the days get longer and the sun gets warmer, celebrate the arrival of spring with refreshing multi-sensory cocktails using 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, making it perfect for the warmer months. Whether you're looking to try your hand at some new and unique cocktail recipes, or elevate your favourite classics, Empress 1908's premium gin has you covered!


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 spring cocktails.



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.


Let's toast to spring with Empress 1908's exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation. Whether you're whipping up a cocktail for yourself or your guests, Empress 1908's unique gin will be sure to impress.

Check out our top refreshing cocktail recipes that are perfect for spring:


Elevate the classic Collins cocktail with the delicate and delightful addition of chamomile tea. Garnish with dried chamomile flowers for the perfect seasonal touch! Recipe by Empress 1908 Gin Brand Ambassador, Tracey Eden.


1.5 oz - Empress 1908 Gin

1 oz - Lemon Juice

1oz - Chamomile Tea Syrup

Soda water to top

Lemon wheel


Method: Shake the gin, lemon juice and chamomile syrup on ice. Strain into a chilled collins glass on fresh ice. Top with soda water, and garnish with a lemon wheel and/or dried chamomile flowers.


A fresh twist on the beloved gimlet cocktail, the Cool As A Cucumber bring start, herbal spring flavours into the spotlight.


1.5 oz - Empress 1908 Gin

1 oz - Lemon Juice

1oz - 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 basil leaves and cucumber ribbon.




Named after our home town of Victoria, B.C., the Garden City’s flavours are as colourful as flowers in full bloom. Sip this perfect mix of vibrant citrus and balances sweetness all season long!


1.5 oz - Empress 1908 Gin

1 oz - Grapefruit Juice

0.5 oz - Lemon Juice

0.5 oz - Lychee Simple Syrup

Soda water top (optional)


Method: Shake grapefruit juice, lemon juice and lychee syrup on ice. Stain into a chilled collins glass with ice. Layer the gin into the class and stop with sparking water (optional).



For lovers of all thing s floral, the Theodora cocktail is calling your name! Lavender, rose, and honey makes this fragrant sip perfect for the spring season. Created in the Victoria Distillers cocktail lounge.


2oz - Empress 1908 Gin

0.75 oz - Lemon Juice

0.75 oz - Lavender Honey Syrup

0.25 oz - Rose Water

Lavender Spring


Method: Rinse chilled coupe glass with rose water. Shake gin, lemon and syrup on ice and strain into the coupe. Garnish with a spring of lavender or edible flower.



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.


Visibility: Empress 1908 has been featured in various international print and online publications, such as WWD, Forbes, Town and Country, Thirsty, Global News, Buzzfeed, Chatelaine, and Flare Magazine.


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