DIY Empress 75 Cocktail Bar

Make entertaining easy with your very own DIY Empress 75 bar!

With a season of festive soirées ahead, entertaining during the holidays can seem a little daunting. Make hosting the least of your worries with your very own DIY Empress 75 bar! Interactive, delicious and sure to please a crowd, this holiday sip will change your dinner party game for good. Just set out the ingredients for your guests to explore, and voilà! Raising a toast never looked better.

Let’s start with the basics— read on for all the necessary details needed to pull off the perfect Empress 75. Add your own twists as you see fit, the best part about this bar is how easy it is to make it your own!

what you’ll need to get started:


No festive cocktail bar is complete without a little holiday decor. Before you bring out the ingredients, dress up the surface with christmas lights, greenery, garland and perhaps a recipe book or two!

Festive Glassware

Traditionally, the French 75 is served in a champagne flute or coupe glass. Need to find some vessels in a pinch? Check out our glassware guide for our favourite places to shop!

the right tools

To make this spectacular drink, you’ll need a jigger, shaker and strainer. Click here to explore our must-have bar tools and shop our custom Empress 1908 Gin copper bar sets!

empress 1908 gin (of course!)

The classic Empress 75 features sparkling wine, lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin! Click here to find Empress 1908 Gin near you, or shop online from our list of trusted retailers.

sparkling wine

The finishing touch to this effervescent cocktail lies in the perfect bubbly. Provide a selection of options to make sure all your guests are happy— while our go-to is a crisp prosecco like La marca, a flavourful sparkling rosé or sweeter champagne ‘Sec’ can add a lovely twist to the mix.

simple syrups – with a twist

While the original French 75 features a touch of simple syrup, the easiest way to dress it up is by creating infused-syrups at home! For inspiration, explore our favourite holiday syrup recipes, or check out 3 delicious variations on the Empress 75.

all the fixings

Add fresh squeezed lemon juice, ice, and a selection of festive garnishes, and you’ve got everything you need! Keep reading for the recipe and start celebrating today.

And now for the recipe! The perfect canvas for all your favourite holiday flavours, the classic Empress 75 is just as show-stopping as is. Find our signature recipe below, and click here for 3 festive variations.

The classic empress 75

A cocktail made for celebration, the Empress 75 is sparkling, effervescent and deliciously sippable. Think of it as a graduated mimosa.

  • 1½ oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • ¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Lemon Twist

Shake on ice, fine strain into a chilled flute, top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.

And there you have it! Cheers to a season of stress-free festivities and endless delicious cocktails. For more holiday ‘drinkspiration’, visit our Instagram or signature cocktail page!

Sip responsibly!

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