Happy Hour {Empress Windsor Garden}

Happy Friday, friends! I’m checking in from week 7 “safe at home”. I’m going to keep going here until I share all the fabulous cocktail creations I’ve been working on at home. We’re still working our way through the Empress Gin recipes and this Windsor Garden cocktail was light and refreshing!

I told y’all when I started this series that I was taking my craft cocktail creations seriously. This week’s required picking fresh herbs from my garden. Luckily I planted all of the necessary ingredients. :-)

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.


  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • basil, thyme, rosemary and mint leaves


Lightly muddle herbs and shake ingredients over ice. Strain into a stemless wine glass with ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

If you’re a lightweight like me, you can always double the lemon juice and simple syrup!

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.

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 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.

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!

Empress Strawberry Basil Lemon Smash

The perfect cocktail for your summer harvest!

Empress & Elderflower

This spring-inspired take on our signature serve is delightfully refreshing with its subtle floral notes and bright citrus garnish.

Puzzle of the Day

Yesterday’s answer: I have no idea! Either it is way above me or it was a dud. If you know, feel free to share!

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5 thoughts on “Happy Hour {Empress Windsor Garden}

  1. Hello Amanda. I don’t see the answer to yesterday’s puzzle. There is an ad that I closed and another popped up but it doesn’t look as if the answer is hiding behind the ad. Could you repost it. Thanks, we are really enjoying your puzzles. Thanks again.

    1. Hi, I didn’t post an answer – it’s not that there is an ad covering it. I couldn’t figure it out and neither could my family. It’s either a dud or too hard for me! Sorry!

  2. Love your posts. You have kept us happy between solving puzzles and lovely libations. However the answer to yesterday’s puzzle is covered by an ad I can’t get rid of. Please let us know the answer again.

    1. Hi, I didn’t post an answer – it’s not that there is an ad covering it. I couldn’t figure it out and neither could my family. It’s either a dud or too hard for me! Sorry!

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