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World Gin Day 2022

World Gin Day is everyday here at Empress 1908 Gin!

In celebration of World Gin Day 2022 on June 11th, we collected the most delicious, locally-inspired cocktail recipes from friends around the globe. With Empress 1908 Gin now available in select countries worldwide (see here for where you can find us, we’re always adding new locations!), World Gin Day made the perfect occasion to see where and how our community is sipping Empress 1908!

From Belgium to Canada, France to the USA, and more inbetween, read on to explore this year’s selection of delicious cocktail recipes. Curious to learn more about the spirit itself? Be sure to read last year’s celebratory blog post on the history of gin!

Where in the world is Victoria Distillers?

Empress 1908 Gin is created just outside the city of Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island. Sitting at the edge of Canada’s British Columbia, this is where rugged mountains meet stunning Pacific Coast. Here, traditions are honoured, nature is revered, and innovation drives artistic expression. There is nowhere else in the world we could have distilled Empress 1908!

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1. FABIOLA — @servedbysoberon 🇧🇪

Kicking things off with Matthias (@servedbysoberon) in Belgium, we bring you the stunning ‘Fabiola’, featuring a delicious splash of Belgian Witbier & a little chocolate, too!

  • 1½ oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • ⅓ oz Lemon Juice
  • ⅓ oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
  • 1½ oz Belgian Witbier (White/Wheat Beer)

Shake first four ingredients briefly with a handful of crushed ice. Open pour the contents in a large glass. Add more crushed ice. Top off with Witbier-Wheatbeer. Garnish & enjoy!


Our next stop on the World Gin Day Tour takes us to Germany with our friends @gin.loving.couple. Try out their ‘Floral Club’ with the recipe below!

  • 1½ oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • ½ oz Dry Vermouth
  • ¼ oz Crème De Violette
  • ¼ oz Lavender Syrup
  • ¾ oz Lime Juice
  • 1 Egg White

Shake all ingredients without ice for about 20 seconds. Add ice and shake again until well chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lavender sprig.

3. SAUVIGNON SOUR (AND MORE!) — @TrufflesOnTheRocks 🇫🇷

Our good friend Jean-Félix of @trufflesontherocks gave us not one, but THREE celebratory cocktails to sip this World Gin Day. Our favourite? The stunning Sauvignon Sour, made with a home made sauvignon syrup! Watch the full tutorial video on JF’s YouTube channel.

4. CHERRY GIN RICKEY — @JaylynnLittle 🇺🇸

Our last stop for today’s blog post is in @jaylynnlittle‘s hometown of Washington, DC. The Gin Rickey was created in DC during the 19th century, and cherries are the “official” fruit of the region, making this drink, in Jaylynn’s words, “a true DC cocktail!”

  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Cherry Syrup
  • ½ oz Aperol
  • 1½ oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • Tonic Water
  • Fresh Cherries

Build everything in a highball glass, mix, top with tonic water, and garnish. Enjoy!

Check out the hashtag #WorldGinDay2022 on Instagram for the full line up of cocktail creations, including recipes from @cheerstohappyhour, @thebitterfairy, @bittersandbrew, and @mix.mann!

Sip responsibly!

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