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Celebrating G&T Day with Empress 1908 Gin!

Pour yourself an Empress & Tonic— it’s time to raise a toast to our favourite cocktail!

Every April 9th, what might be the best day of the year rolls around: National Gin & Tonic Day! An ode to perhaps one of the most well-known gin cocktails, this special celebration is the perfect occasion to elevate the classic G&T.

To help us take our signature sip to the next level, we asked 5 talented friends to put their own spin on the traditional recipe. Read on for the five unique renditions, or skip to our original recipe and give it a try for yourself!

Prefer to stick to what you know? Discover our signature Empress & Tonic recipe here!

1. Dragon fruit G&T

Created by @the.boozy.ginger, this vibrantly-hued Gin & Tonic is perfect for making a statement.

  • ½ oz Dragon fruit Syrup
  • ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 oz Tonic Water
  • 1½ oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • Dragon Fruit Slice

Build in a cocktail glass over ice, starting with the syrup, followed by the lemon juice, tonic and finally, gin. Garnish with a slice of dragon fruit. Stir gently, and enjoy!


Layers of flavour make @sne.dc‘s ‘Flower Paradise’ as delectable as it looks! With cucumber, elderflower, orange, and more, it’s jam-packed full of delicious ingredients.

  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 4 oz Cucumber Tonic
  • ½ oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • ¼ oz Bitter Orange Liqueur
  • ¼ oz Lime juice
  • 2 dashes Absinthe
  • Cucumber slice garnish

Add all ingredients except Empress 1908 Gin to a highball glass filled with ice. Layer the gin on top. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Click here to visit @sne_dc’s Instagram Post!

3. Floral Empress & Tonic

@limoncellokitchen stays true to the signature Empress & Tonic recipe, instead elevating the sip with floral-infused ice spheres! Create them at home with our tips & tricks below.

  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 3 oz Premium Tonic Water
  • Floral Ice

As per the official recipe, start by filling your serving glass with ice. Then pour in the Empress 1908 Gin, and serve with tonic water on the side. Garnish with a grapefruit slice, or skip it in favour of the frozen flower spheres!

to make the ice

To make the floral-infused ice, snag a specialty ice tray (either spheres or large cubes work best here) and fill halfway with cold water. Gently add your desired florals to each compartment, and freeze until almost completely frozen. Top up with cold water and freeze again until solid. This two-step process will makes sure your flowers are perfectly suspended in the cube or sphere!

Click here to visit @limoncellokitchen’s Instagram Post!


This flavourful rendition of the E&T brings together delicious Mediterranean tonic water with rich thyme & blood orange. Give it a try— you’ll have @theartofsippingpretty to thank for this showstopper!

  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 4 oz Mediterranean Tonic Water
  • 1 tsp Thyme Syrup
  • Blood Orange Slices

Build in a cocktail glass with ice, adding Empress 1908 Gin last. Garnish with blood orange slices. Stir, and enjoy!

4. Garden G&T

What more could you wish for in a spring cocktail? @thirstywhale_‘s garden-inspired creation is a must try this season!

  • 1½ oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • ½ oz Blanc Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Tonic Water
  • Garden-inspired garnishes of your choice!

Combine ingredients into an ice filled glass. Garnish with garden-inspired ingredients of your choice— Justin of @thirstywhale__ chose grapefruit, strawberry and a variety of flowers, and we’re loving the result!

Click here to visit @thirstywhale_’s Instagram Post!

For more delicious spring recipes, be sure to visit our Instagram Page, and Cocktail Library!

Sip responsibly!

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