Happy Hour {Empress Lavender Lemonade}

Happy Friday, friends! Honey and I are still loving Empress gin and continue to enjoy trying out new recipes. This is one I had on my “list” to make all summer. It was light and refreshing, but not my most favorite of all. (That award goes to the Empress 75!!) I really do think that has to do with the timing, as opposed to the drink itself. Ha! Right now I’m craving signs of fall and Halloween rather than hanging on to summer. This cocktail was created at the Fairmont Empress, a place I’d LOVE to visit and one of my Virtuoso hotels.

Empress Lavender Lemonade

Your favourite childhood treat, reimagined. The freshness of homestyle lemonade sings alongside the lightly floral lavender honey, keeping you coming back for more. Cocktail created at Q Bar, Fairmont Empress Hotel.


  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1 oz lavender honey syrup (I used lavender syrup)
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • lavender sprig and/or lemon slice to garnish


Fill a stemless wine glass with crushed ice. Shake lemonade and syrup on ice and strain into the glass. Layer Empress 1908 Gin on top and add more crushed ice. Garnish with a lavender sprig.glass with ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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.

Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!!

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6 thoughts on “Happy Hour {Empress Lavender Lemonade}

  1. The Empress should definitely be on your bucket list. In travel days (remember those?) a friend and I took the fast ferry from Seattle to Victoria and visited Butchart Gardens and had TEA at the Empress! Quite a special treat…good memories…we were queens for the day.

  2. I love seeing your fancy drinks! I’ve tried to find Empress Gin in stores and online and it is out – do you have a recommendation as to where to buy it? Thanks so much!!

    1. I did the store finder on their website! They seem very responsive on Instagram too. Couldn’t hurt to message them.

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