Welcome the Fall Season with these 5 Cocktails! 

Time to say goodbye to the sunshine of summer and hello to the flavours of fall! 

With any change in seasons comes that transitional time that might leave you wondering what exactly to sip on— it’s a little too warm to pull out the oversized sweaters, but a bit too cold to venture out to the beach! We’re here to help you bridge the gap with our favourite gin cocktails that feature a little bit of summer and a little bit of fall.

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  1. Sweet Peach Tea
  2. Sparkling Hazelnut Strawberry Gin Spritzer 
  3. Queen Bee
  4. Fig & Thyme Cocktail
  5. Peachy Keen Elderflower Rose Spritz

Sweet Peach Tea

Let’s start with one of our favourites for this time of year: imagine a peachy iced tea with a touch of fall flair and deliciously nutty spice notes. While peaches are certainly a summer staple, we love the way their soft sweetness plays off warmer flavours like the black tea and walnut bitters. The result is a sip perfect for either season! 

  • 1½ oz Empress 1908 Indigo Gin
  • 1 oz Black Tea
  • ¾ oz Peach Liqueur
  • ¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Honey Syrup
  • 2 dashes Walnut Bitters
  • Peach Slices, for garnish

Shake ingredients on ice. Strain into a cocktail class over fresh ice. Garnish with peach slices.

Sparkling Hazelnut Strawberry Gin Spritzer 

Next, we have this crisp delight by @anastasija_food, boasting an incredible mix of nutty, tangy, and fruity ingredients! The hazelnut and strawberry pair the best of both seasons, allowing you to hold on to the remnants of summer and ease into fall. You won’t be feeling the September blues with this spritzer!

  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Indigo Gin
  • 2 oz Apple Juice, split
  • 1 oz Hazelnut Syrup
  • 1 oz Strawberry Syrup
  • Sparkling Water
  • Sliced Apple, for garnish

In a glass, combine hazelnut syrup, strawberry syrup, and 1 oz of apple juice. Stir well to ensure the syrups are fully combined. In a shaker, combine gin with 1 oz of apple juice and a splash of sparkling water. Give it a vigorous shake to mix all the ingredients together. Strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass with the syrup mixture. Add some ice cubes and top it off with sparkling water for a bit of fizz. Give it a gentle stir and garnish with a slice of apple to add a touch of elegance.

Queen Bee

You all know how much we enjoy a Bee’s Knees! @speakeasieruk elevates this classic with an extra floral touch through a honey lavender syrup that you’ll definitely want to whip up. With bright flavours and a subtle warmth and richness from the honey, the Queen Bee makes us fall in love with this combo all over again!

  • 60ml Empress 1908 Indigo Gin
  • 30ml Lemon Juice
  • 30ml Honey Lavender Syrup*
  • Fresh Honeycomb

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled, and strain into a coupe. Garnish with fresh honeycomb & enjoy!

*To create the syrup, combine ¾ cup honey with 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once combined, add 2 tbsp culinary-grade dried lavender buds. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes. Cool, strain and voilà!

Fig & Thyme Cocktail

Is there anything more wonderful for fall than the deep sweetness of fresh figs? @delight.fuel wastes no time putting this fall fruit to use by combining it with the savoury herbaceousness of thyme. This recipe serves two, so grab your favourite cocktail companion and raise a toast to autumn!

  • 4 oz Empress 1908 Indigo Gin
  • 10-15 Black Figs
  • 2-3 tbsp Thyme Syrup*
  • 8 oz Club Soda
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

In a measuring cup muddle figs with thyme syrup and lemon juice. Strain, and add this mixture to an ice-filled glass. Top off with club soda and Empress 1908 Indigo Gin. Stir and garnish with fresh thyme and figs. Enjoy!

*To make the syrup, add ½ cup agave syrup, ¼ cup water, and 2 fresh thyme sprigs to a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for about 10-15 minutes. Take out fresh thyme and set aside to cool.

Peachy Keen Elderflower Rose Spritz

Finally, we’re ending off with another recipe featuring peaches— this time, with our new Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin! While sipping on this refreshing spritz, @thesweetandsimplekitchen reminds us that even though it’s hard to resist that summertime sun, the transitioning of seasons introduces a new beauty that’s just as peachy.

  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin
  • 2 oz Fresh Peach Puree
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Honey or Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Ginger Beer or Soda Water
  • 1 Peach Wedge, to garnish
  • Sugar, for rim

Run a lemon wedge along the rim of the cocktail glass and dip in a plate of sugar to coat the rim evenly. Fill the glass with ice. Add peach puree, lemon juice, honey and soda water (or ginger beer). Stir to combine ingredients. Pour Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin to float on top. Garnish with a fresh peach slice. Stir before enjoying!

We couldn’t be more excited to head into the fall and see a whole new selection of cocktails for all of us to try! We hope you try some of these recipes soon and stay tuned for even more seasonal drinkspo to come.

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