Celebrate Valentine’s with Empress 1908 Gin

Fall in love with our favourite Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes!

Whether you’re toasting to a special someone or celebrating self love, we’ve got a cocktail recipe for you. Take on date night with five of our go-to sips— from the romantic ‘La Vie En Rose’ by @mintforthesoul, to the refreshing Blackberry Gin Smash by @mustloveherbs, these delicious drinks are sure to win your heart!

Pictured, from left: Mint To Be, Purple Love Potion, La Vie En Rose, Blackberry Gin Smash

1. purple love potion

Meet your new favourite date night cocktail! The irresistible ‘Purple Love Potion‘, created by our friend @foodie_renee, is perfect if you’re looking for a simple, refreshing, last minute sip to enjoy with a loved one.

  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 3 oz Soda Water
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup
  • ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Orange Juice, to freeze
  • Orange Peel, for garnish

Freeze the orange juice into ice cube/sphere molds. Fill a glass with ice and add the frozen orange juice cube/sphere on top. Add lemon juice and soda to the glass, followed by the gin. Garnish with orange twists, fastened into a heart! (For tips on achieving the thin twist, check out last week’s blog!)

2. rose lemonade

The delicious two-ingredient ‘Rose Lemonade‘ is sure to win your heart! Garnish with a lemon wheel and rose petals for an elevated look.

  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 5 oz Rose Lemonade
  • Lemon Wheel
  • Rose Petals

Build ingredients over ice in a chilled collins glass, starting with the rose lemonade and floating the gin on top. Garnish with a lemon wheel and rose petals.

Watch the Rose Lemonade tutorial on Youtube!

3. la vie en rose

‘La Vie en Rose‘ has us mesmerized with its stunning appearance and unique flavour combination. Mixing the warm flavour of cardamom with romantic rose, this sip by our friend @mintforthesoul is a date night favourite!

  • 1 ½ oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 3-4 Cardamom Pods
  • 1 tbsp Rose Water
  • 2 tbsp Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Sparkling Water
  • Rose Petals (to garnish)
  • Cardamom Sugar (optional)

Coat glass rim with lemon juice, and dip in cardamom sugar. Add crushed cardamom pods and Empress 1908 Gin. Let sit for 5-10 min to let the flavours infuse. Add rose water, simple syrup, and lemon juice, and mix. Add ice, and top off with sparkling water. Garnish with dried rose petals. Enjoy!

4. blackberry gin Smash

Simple and delicious. @mustloveherbs‘ take on our signature Empress & Tonic is packed full of flavour. Marrying the vibrance and sweetness of blackberry with refreshing cucumber, the ‘Blackberry Gin Smash‘ will become your new go-to!

  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 3 oz Tonic Water
  • 5-6 Blackberries
  • Cucumber

Gently muddle blackberries in the bottom of a chilled rocks glass. Add ice, and tonic water. Float Empress 1908 Gin on top and garnish with a cucumber slice (or rose!).

Click here to visit @mustloveherb’s Instagram Profile!

5. mint to be

Refreshing mint, soft floral elderflower, bright white cranberry and a splash of bubbly soda makes the ‘Mint To Be‘ perfect cocktail to sip with loved ones this Valentine’s Day! If you’re feeling extra sweet, garnish with your favourite love note candy.

  • 1½ oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1 oz White Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • ¼ oz Lemon Juice
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • Soda Water (To Top)

Shake all ingredients but soda water on ice, including mint. Strain into a chilled glass. Top with soda and garnish with mint leaves.

For more delicious recipes, visit our Signature Cocktails page!

Sip responsibly!

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