***This post is made in collaboration with Empress 1908 Gin. All content, ideas and words are my own.***
Since the holidays are among us, creating a drink that is fall inspired was obvious. And what better way than to use fresh pear, rosemary and a delicate, aromatic gin. This Empress Pear-Rosemary Gin Cocktail is sure to become a holiday favorite.
The History On Empress 1908 Gin:
Empress 1908 Gin is handcrafted by Victoria Distillers and the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. And the hotel’s afternoon tea is what actually inspired the creation of Empress 1908.
Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, the distinct flavor profile is a result of eight natural botanicals: butterfly pea blossom, Fairmont Empress Blend Tea, juniper, grapefruit peel, coriander seed, cinnamon bark and rose petal. Also, it is all-natural and gluten-free as well.
So, what makes this gin stand out, and how is it different from all the rest?
The mystery is in the butterfly pea blossom. Not only does it add a subtle earthy note to the gin, but it balances out the citrus notes which yields in a rich pigmentation. And here’s the best part. The deep indigo hue changes to bright lavender, soft pink or fuchsia when you add citrus or tonic. It is stunning! And, it is absolutely magical to watch as you make it!
Below is my recipe for my easy simple syrup and some tips to follow.
Pear-Rosemary Simple Syrup:
- Water – 1 cup filtered
- Honey – 1 cup of your favorite brand
- Pear & Rosemary – All you need is one pear and one fresh rosemary sprig for the syrup.
- Tip: The longer you let the syrup steep the more potent the flavor will be. Don’t worry though, it is light in flavor and not overpowering in any way.
Empress Pear-Rosemary Gin Cocktail:
- When it comes to the gin and simple syrup, add to taste. The recipe below is more so of a guide.
- A note about the lemon. To balance out the flavors, you will need a fair amount of lemon juice. It may seem like a lot but, believe me, it works perfectly for this drink.
- Make sure to find a ginger beer that you like. It should be more “gingery” and not one that is too sweet.
- Once you have the syrup made, this drink comes together quite easily. To an individual glass, add ice and top with gin, ginger beer, simple syrup and lemon juice.
- Don’t forget to garnish the cocktails with fresh pear and rosemary. I love drink garnishes! Plus, it perfumes the drink which enhances those flavors even more.
By far, this is the prettiest drink I have ever had in my life. So please be sure to give Empress 1908 Gin and my holiday recipe a try. You won’t regret it! Enjoy friends.
For more holiday drink recipes, please give this a try:
Empress Pear-Rosemary Gin Cocktail
- PEAR ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP:
- 1 cup Water, filtered
- 1 cup Honey
- 1 Bosc Pear, chopped
- 1 Rosemary Sprig
- EMPRESS PEAR-ROSEMARY GIN COCKTAIL:
- 2 - 2 1/2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
- 2 oz Ginger Beer
- 1 oz Pear Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice equivalent to one large lemon
- 1 Bosc Pear, slices for garnish
- Rosemary Sprigs, for garnish
- Pear Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small pot, warm the water to almost boiling. Remove from heat and stir in the honey until fully dissolved. Add the pear and rosemary and give it a gentle stir. Cover and let steep until it is completely cool. (I like to let it steep for at least an hour).
- Empress Pear-Rosemary Gin Cocktail: Once ready to serve, add the ice, gin, ginger beer, simple syrup and lemon juice and stir to combine. Top with a pear slice and rosemary sprig.
- Drink and enjoy!
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