This Empress Gin Cocktail gives such a tropical vibe. You will have the beautiful and refreshing cocktail in just a few minutes with color-changing empress gin, delicious mango juice, and sparkling pink grapefruit juice!
Empress gin cocktails are always so fun to make. With the color-changing gin and beautiful layers, you will impress your guests every time!
- Empress Gin: I used Empress 1908 gin for this empress gin recipe. This gin has a beautiful indigo blue color from the butterfly pea blossom. Some of the ingredients that give this gin a distinctive taste are Fairmont empress tea, juniper, grapefruit peel, coriander seed, cinnamon bark, rose petal, and ginger root.
- Sparkling Pink Grapefruit juice: I used Fever-Tree sparkling grapefruit juice. I love this brand so much, and I suggest using them for any cocktails you make. They have a great range of mixers which you can use to make dozens of different cocktails.
- Mango juice: I used Langers organic mango nectar. You can find it at Costco. It has a thicker texture, and it tastes delicious. It’s a great source of vitamin A and C. It’s all natural, and no added colors.
- Ice: You will need lots of ice for this cocktail.
See recipe card for quantities.
Why You’ll Love this Cocktail
- Easy and fun to make
- Delicious and beautiful
- Perfect for spring and summer
- Something to measure the spirit and juice, like a jigger
- Bar spoon
- Pick the right glass, like a balloon or Copa.
- Add lots of ice – to the rim of the glass.
- Add Empress gin.
- Carefully pour sparkling pink grapefruit juice and watch the color change.
- Finally, slowly add mango juice and enjoy the beautiful layers.
- Serve immediately and mix before drinking.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Use a large balloon glass: This cocktail recipe has lots of ice and other ingredients, so use a large balloon or Copa glass.
- Use lots of ice: Don’t hold back on ice. Fill the glass to the rim.
- Pour the drink slowly and carefully: Pour each component carefully if you want to enjoy the beautiful layers once you make the cocktail.
Substitutions and Variations
- Use pineapple juice: Instead of mango juice, use pineapple juice to add more sweetness.
- Add a slice of fruit: To bring this drink to the next level, add a piece of grapefruit.
How to Serve
Serve this cocktail in a large balloon glass – like a Copa or red wine glass- to preserve the layers when assembling the drink.
Based on the ingredients you add to your drink the empress gin will change its color to red when acidic purple when neutral and blue when fundamental. For example if you add regular soda water the drink will be distinctive blue. If you add tonic water the cocktail will become purple. The cocktail will become red/peach color when you add grapefruit juice.
This gin gives a hint of a subtle floral note. Then, on the other hand it provides a touch of rich grapefruit and juniper. Lastly, you will taste earthy coriander and dry cinnamon.
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- Kiwi Gin Cocktail
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- White Russian with Kahlua Recipe
- The Best Moscow Mule
- London Mule
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Empress Gin Cocktail
- 1 jigger (to measure the liqueur)
- 1 bar spoon
- 2 oz Empress Gin
- 6.8 oz sparkling pink grapefruit juice (Fever-Tree, one bottle)
- 1 oz mango juice
- ice cubes
- Fill a large Copa glass with ice.
- Add empress gin.
- Carefully pour sparkling pink grapefruit juice.
- Finally, slowly pour mango juice.