The Purple Puritan

It doesn’t matter where you’re at, if you order an Empress Gin cocktail, it’s going to turn some heads. There’s just something so mesmerizing about that color. I always have a deeper appreciation for a spirit after meeting the makers & seeing the where & how it was made. After visiting Victoria Distillers in BC in Sept. 2018, it’s been fun using their naturally indigo gin in various cocktails like this one.

Empress Gin cocktail


2 oz Empress Gin

¾ oz Cocchi Americano (blanc vermouth)

¼ oz Green Chartreuse

2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Absinthe rinse


Stir with ice until chilled, then strain into an absinthe-rinsed coupe. Gently express a lemon peel over the top of the drink & garnish with a twist.