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How To Make An Empress 1903 Gin Sour Cocktail – Delicious Gin Cocktail

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History of the Empress 1908 Gin Sour Cocktail Recipe

The Empress 1908 Gin Sour is a modern twist on the classic gin sour cocktail. The original gin sour is a simple cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, and it has a long history dating back to the 19th century.

The Empress 1908 gin itself is named after the iconic Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, which was built in 1908. The gin is infused with butterfly pea flower which gives the gin a unique blue color and a subtle floral flavor. The gin is created by Victoria Distillers, a Canadian distillery.

The Empress 1908 Gin Sour cocktail was created by the bar team at the hotel’s Q bar to showcase the gin and its unique color. The drink was first introduced in the early 2010s and quickly became a signature cocktail of the hotel.

The cocktail is a variation of the classic gin sour, but with the addition of the blue butterfly pea flower tea which not only gives the cocktail its vibrant blue color but also its floral note. The use of egg white also adds a velvety texture to the drink and helps emulsify the ingredients.

It has since become a popular drink among cocktail enthusiasts and is often featured on cocktail menus in bars and restaurants around the world.

Empress 1908 Gin Sour Cocktail Recipe

Here is a recipe for an Empress 1908 Gin Sour cocktail:


  • 2 oz Empress 1908 gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz blue butterfly pea flower tea
  • egg white (optional)
  • ice


  1. In a shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and blue butterfly pea flower tea.

  2. Add egg white (if desired) and dry shake (without ice) for about 10 seconds to emulsify the egg white.

  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for about 10 seconds.

  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass.

  5. Garnish with a lemon twist or blue butterfly pea flower petals.

Note: The blue butterfly pea flower tea will give the cocktail a unique blue color and adds a subtle floral flavor. You can find it in some tea shops or online.

Enjoy your Empress 1908 Gin Sour!

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