Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail

Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail

This Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail is a luscious summer cocktail with a pleasant floral note and a hint of vanilla. And it’s pretty, too!

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Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail

Hello everyone – how are you doing? Ready for the weekend? Oh man, I am. So much. Just one day left, right?
But before we talk about my new recipe, let me ask you something. is it appropriate to post three cocktail ideas in a row? You can check these previously posted recipes.

Another Cocktail

Hello everyone – how are you doing? Ready for the weekend? Oh man, I am. So much. Just one day left, right?
But before we talk about my new recipe, let me ask you something. is it appropriate to post three cocktail ideas in a row? You can check these previously posted recipes.

Hello everyone – how are you doing? Ready for the weekend? Oh man, I am. So much. Just one day left, right?
But before we talk about my new recipe, let me ask you something. is it appropriate to post three cocktail ideas in a row? You can check these previously posted recipes. Black Forest Cocktail and Passion Fruit Martini. Please don’t assume I’ve got a drinking problem. But I’ve got a different one – I cannot stop making and photographing them (Well sampling is a normal part of recipe development, what can I do?) LOL. Besides, I cannot stop myself from using some summer inspirations!

Lilac Infused Recipes

Like using lilacs. If you don’t know, they are perfectly edible. Last year I shared many lilac recipes on my blog, including cocktails such as Lilac Martini Vermouth Cocktail and Raspberry Lilac Martini Cocktail. This year I am not going to have as many lilac ideas, but I’ve prepared four. Do I need to say that half of them would be cocktails while the third one would contain liquor?

Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail

My last year’s lilac cocktail creations were delectable and very light. This one is way bolder (Yet you can still consider it a dessert cocktails.)

I used for this recipe Canadian Empress 1908 Gin (Note: not sponsored) which has a beautiful indigo colour thanks to the addition of butterfly pea tea. But once you mix it up with other liquors or juices (Particularly citrus juice), it will change the colour. The hues vary depending on the pairing – different purple and pink hues from light lavender to vibrant fuchsia. If you have never had this gin, you should give it a try. Certainly, you can use any other gin with a delicate botanical flavour instead. For the colour, you can always add few blueberries or blackberries to the syrup.

Also you will need lime or lemon juice (I would recommend lemon here), vanilla liquor, and Lilac Syrup. You can swap vanilla liquor for real vanilla bean seeds and simply increase the amount of gin. But vanilla liquor is really nice here.

As for ice, you can filter it once you’ve mixed the cocktail ingredients or serve it on the rocks. If choosing the second option, I would recommend using a little bit of gin more so your drink won’t be too diluted.

I hope you like this cocktail, and you will give it a try, if not this season (Might be too late), next year for sure. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen. Also don’t forget to make some lilac syrup as you might want to have for my upcoming recipes!

Cheers!

Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail
Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail

Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Drinks
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes

This Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail is a luscious summer cocktail with a pleasant floral note and a hint of vanilla. And it’s pretty, too!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Empress 1908 Gin – or other gin with delicate botanical flavour. Please not the color would be different if not using the listed liquor

  • 1 oz. vanilla liquor (I used Galliano Vanilla Liqueur)

  • 1 oz. lilac syrup

  • 1/2 oz. lemon or lime juice, or more to taste (lemon is recommended)

  • Ice, crushed, to taste

Directions

  • In a shaker combine the gin, vanilla liquor, lilac syrup, lemon or lime juice, and ice. Shake vigorously for about 40 seconds. Try and adjust the taste by adding more of lilac syrup, citrus juice or alcohol.
  • Then you can filter the cocktail to remove the ice or serve it on the rocks. If choosing serving with ice, I would recommend slightly increase the amount of gin so the melting ice won’t dilute the drink. Enjoy right away!

12 thoughts on “Lilac Empress 1908 Cocktail

  1. David Scott Allen says:

    As promised, I have pinned this one, as well. And was surprised (but should not have been) that it is a gin cocktail. This will make Mark very happy (when I can get some lilacs next year!) as he loves good gin cocktail. The color is outrageously beautiful.

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    I stumbled across Empress 1908 a year or two ago – I love it! Not only does it taste good, but the color-changing thing is SO fun for summer drinks. I’ll have to try this version with lilac. You know me and lilac, but I’m willing to give it a try in cocktail form. Plus, it would go well with gin. Cheers!
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  3. Sherry M says:

    this looks absolutely gorgeous ben. i love that colour. they make a gin here with blue butterfly peaflowers which renders your drink a gorgeous blue colour once tonic is added. Mm lilacs – nope not available in sunny QLD but i guess you could add something else.
    cheers!

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