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by Michael Patterson February 27, 2020 1 min read

Empress is a gin and it is purple and it makes pink gin and tonics!



Empress Gin was inspired by the tea service at the Fairmount Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. We have never had the tea service at the Fairmount Empress, but it must be spectacular.

The gin is excellent, made from eight botanicals, including butterfly pea blossom, which gives it a distinctive purple color. The founders of Empress Gin claim the color is indigo blue, but they are wrong, the color is purple. 

A Pink Gin and Tonic

When combined with tonic, Empress Gin creates a pink gin and tonic, or a light purple gin and tonic, it depends on how much tonic you use.


  • 2 ounces of Empress Gin
  • 3 ounces of tonic
  • 1 grapefruit slice (optional)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Empress Gin and the tonic
  2. Add ice to a glass.
  3. With the lid on so the ingredients don't fly out, shake and then pour the gin and tonic into the glass.

Recommended Products

The following products were featured in our video to make the Empress Gin and tonic.

  • Empress 1908 Gin
  • Schweppes Tonic
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