Happy Hour {Empress Layover}

I bumped Friday happy hour up to Thursday this week and am sharing yet another Empress gin cocktail! I absolutely love St. Germain elderflower liquor and have been looking forward to trying this recipe. Spoiler alert: It did not disappoint.

You can see how I made the cucumber ribbon in last week’s post. I did end up sweetening mine with a little simple syrup after trying it. I even crushed my ice with a meat tenderizer in the driveway. Ha!

Empress Layover

Take a break with this delightful and delicious cocktail. Hints of cucumber and rosemary make the Layover a perfect drink to sit back and relax with.


  • 1.5 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz St. Germain
  • soda to top
  • cucumber and rosemary


Muddle cucumber and then add rosemary. Shake ingredients on ice, strain into a chilled collins glass. Top with fresh ice, soda and garnish with a cucumber ribbon.

After trying, I went back and added a little simple syrup to mine to sweeten it up a tad.

Other Empress Cocktails

Empress 75

A cocktail made for celebration, the Empress 75 is sparkling, effervescent and deliciously sippable. Think of it as a graduated mimosa.

Empress Royal Hawaiian

Tall, tropical and tasty. If you’ve ever wanted a sip of sunshine, the Royal Hawaiian is as close as you’ll get.

Empress Windsor Garden

Meet your new favourite cocktail. Between an impressive array of fresh herbs and a delicate hint of lemon, the Windsor Garden is like sipping on spring.

Cool as a Cucumber

A fresh twist on the beloved gimlet cocktail, the Cool As A Cucumber brings tart, herbal spring flavours into the spotlight.

Empress Aviation

Balanced with a touch of sweetness, the Empress Aviation is an early 20th century classic revamped and ready for take-off.

Empress Blue Moon

This cocktail is based on Hugo Ensslin’s 1916 Aviation recipe, merely omitting the Maraschino.

Watermelon Sugar

The Watermelon Sugar cocktail is the summer sip you’ve been waiting for. With the refreshing flavours of watermelon, lime, and basil this drink is bound to be a hit!

I hope you’re having a great week!

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