Empress Sunset

 

I am not someone who loves to drink, so I am always looking for cocktail recipes that excite me and make the experience of drinking enjoyable.  And let me tell you, this Empress Sunset made in collaboration with Empress 1908 does it for me.  

 

I named this drink the Empress Sunset because it literally looks like a sunset in a glass… the color is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  The Empress Sunset is my twist on a gin & tonic, with homemade peach lavender syrup added for extra flavor.  It’s floral, fruity, sweet, and perfect for summer.

 

 

Why Empress Gin?

 

Empress 1908 is micro-distilled in small batch copper-pot stills using eight botanicals: juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark, butterfly pea blossoms and the Fairmont Empress Blend Tea.  This process gives the gin floral and earthy notes that add complexity to your drink.

 

And of course, Empress 1908’s signature color is absolutely stunning!  Butterfly pea blossoms give the gin its unique indigo color.  With the addition of citrus or tonic, Empress 1908 transforms from vivid indigo blue to a delicate purple-pink.

 

How To Customize This Recipe

 

This recipe is easily customizable to fit your preferences.  Here are some ways I mix it up:

 

  • If you don’t like your cocktails very sweet, you can swap the tonic water for plain seltzer water, or half the amount of syrup.
  • If you are having trouble finding lavender, thyme and rosemary work well in its place.
  • You can add a squeeze of lemon to your Empress Sunset if you like your cocktails sour..

 

Where can I find lavender?

 

Since the lavender in this recipe is dried, you can actually order it online!  I’ve found lavender buds on Amazon and on online specialty grocery stores.  

 

Some grocery stores also carry dried lavender.  I got mine from Trader Joe’s, and I’ve spotted it at some of my local gourmet grocery stores in the summer.

 

 

 

 

Empress Sunset Recipe


 Prep Time:
10 minutes
 Cook Time:
25 minutes
 Total Time:
35 minutes
 Serves:

 


Ingredients:

 

For the peach lavender syrup -  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large peach, sliced
  • 3 tablespoon dried lavender flowers

 

For the Empress & tonic: 

  • 1 oz. lavender peach syrup
  • 2 oz. Empress 1908 Gin
  • Tonic water
  • Optional: sliced peaches and lavender flowers, for garnish
Directions:
  1. Make the peach lavender syrup. Combine the peach, sugar, and water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, then add the lavender and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Remove the syrup from heat and let it seep for 30 minutes.  Strain into a mason jar and refrigerate until you are ready to make the cocktail.
  2. When you are ready to drink your Empress Sunset, pour the lavender syrup and Empress 1908 into a tall glass filled with ice.  Fill the glass the rest of the way with tonic water, then garnish with lavender and peach slices if desired.

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I am not someone who loves to drink, so I am always looking for cocktail recipes that excite me and make the experience of drinking enjoyable.  And let me tell you, this Empress Sunset made in collaboration with Empress 1908 does it for me.  

 

I named this drink the Empress Sunset because it literally looks like a sunset in a glass… the color is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  The Empress Sunset is my twist on a gin & tonic, with homemade peach lavender syrup added for extra flavor.  It’s floral, fruity, sweet, and perfect for summer.

 

 

Why Empress Gin?

 

Empress 1908 is micro-distilled in small batch copper-pot stills using eight botanicals: juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark, butterfly pea blossoms and the Fairmont Empress Blend Tea.  This process gives the gin floral and earthy notes that add complexity to your drink.

 

And of course, Empress 1908’s signature color is absolutely stunning!  Butterfly pea blossoms give the gin its unique indigo color.  With the addition of citrus or tonic, Empress 1908 transforms from vivid indigo blue to a delicate purple-pink.

 

How To Customize This Recipe

 

This recipe is easily customizable to fit your preferences.  Here are some ways I mix it up:

 

  • If you don’t like your cocktails very sweet, you can swap the tonic water for plain seltzer water, or half the amount of syrup.
  • If you are having trouble finding lavender, thyme and rosemary work well in its place.
  • You can add a squeeze of lemon to your Empress Sunset if you like your cocktails sour..

 

Where can I find lavender?

 

Since the lavender in this recipe is dried, you can actually order it online!  I’ve found lavender buds on Amazon and on online specialty grocery stores.  

 

Some grocery stores also carry dried lavender.  I got mine from Trader Joe’s, and I’ve spotted it at some of my local gourmet grocery stores in the summer.

 

 

 

 

Empress Sunset Recipe


 Prep Time:
10 minutes
 Cook Time:
25 minutes
 Total Time:
35 minutes
 Serves:

 


Ingredients:

 

For the peach lavender syrup -  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large peach, sliced
  • 3 tablespoon dried lavender flowers

 

For the Empress & tonic: 

  • 1 oz. lavender peach syrup
  • 2 oz. Empress 1908 Gin
  • Tonic water
  • Optional: sliced peaches and lavender flowers, for garnish
Directions:
  1. Make the peach lavender syrup. Combine the peach, sugar, and water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, then add the lavender and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Remove the syrup from heat and let it seep for 30 minutes.  Strain into a mason jar and refrigerate until you are ready to make the cocktail.
  2. When you are ready to drink your Empress Sunset, pour the lavender syrup and Empress 1908 into a tall glass filled with ice.  Fill the glass the rest of the way with tonic water, then garnish with lavender and peach slices if desired.

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