Empress Gin Cocktail

This unique gin gets it’s purple-blue hue from the butterfly pea flowers used in its distillation process and it makes for some gorgeous cocktails. This simple Empress gin cocktail is a vibrant take on a gin sour infused with rosemary simple syrup and dry shaken for a creamy foam finish.

2 glasses of a purple empress gin cocktail with white foam, garnished with a dried orange and rosemary sprigs.

Why you’ll love this gin sour recipe

  • Adding citrus to this cocktail actually tones down the blue and brings out a beautiful violet color.
  • The rosemary simple syrup brings out the herbal notes in the gin and adds a complexity to the cocktail while still keeping it pretty simple. If you don’t have any rosemary simple syrup made up, you can use a regular one and add a sprig of rosemary to your shaker (and break it up for extra flavor).
  • I absolutely love an egg white cocktail. They lend a rich, creamy texture to the drink, and a gin sour is perfect for utilizing this ingredient.
Overhead shot of a purple empress gin cocktails garnished with rosemary sprigs and dried oranges.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

A purple empress gin cocktails garnished with rosemary sprigs and dried oranges.

How to make this Empress gin sour

Dry shake first. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice. Shake for about 30 seconds. Then add ice and shake again until cold.

Technically, you don’t have to dry shake first, but it’s the best way to make the most of the egg white in your cocktail, and creates a better overall texture to the drink.

Garnish and serve. Fill a cocktail glasses mostly full with ice and strain into the glass. Top with a dried orange and a sprig of rosemary before serving.

Overhead shot of a purple empress gin cocktails garnished with rosemary sprigs and dried oranges.

Tips for making cocktails with egg whites

What is a dry shake?

Shaking the cocktail without any ice, this helps the egg white form a good amount of foam, which makes for a creamier drink.

What makes a sour cocktail?

A sour cocktail will usually include a liquor and either lemon or lime juice. Egg whites can be included in these cocktails as well.

Why is empress gin purple?

This gin gets its deep purple color from a butterfly pea blossoms that are adding during the distilling process, making it beautiful and unique.

Two purple empress gin cocktails garnished with rosemary sprigs and dried orange slices, with a bottle of purple empress gin in the background.

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Empress Gin Cocktail

This unique gin gets it’s purple-blue hue from the butterfly pea flowers used in its distillation process and it makes for some gorgeous cocktails. This simple Empress gin cocktail is a vibrant take on a gin sour infused with rosemary simple syrup and dry shaken for a creamy foam finish.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Canadian

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces Empress gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce honey-rosemary simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Garnish: orange slice, rosemary sprig

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice. Dry shake for about 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again until cold.

  2. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with a dried orange and a sprig of rosemary.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 271
  • Sugar: 24.9 g
  • Sodium: 57.3 mg
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.8 g
  • Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 5.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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