Empress and Tonic

gin and tonic

Empress and Tonic

Recipe by Melissa Nicholson Course: Cocktail


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You’ve tried the gin and tonic; now try the Empress and Tonic. There is much to love about Empress gin, including the refreshing, balanced flavor and the beautiful color. Truly, why would you want a clear gin and tonic when you could have indigo? I discovered the light cocktail a few years ago and found it is the perfect spring/summer drink. What I really love is that it doesn’t make me feel full or bloated the way some drinks do. Now that I have discovered Empress 1908, it’s the gin I turn to for flavor, and for the times I want to impress with something pretty. And if you’re serving a crowd, this is a super fast and easy cocktail.


  • 2 oz. Empress 1908 gin

  • 3 oz. tonic water

  • 1 grapefruit slice


  • Mix in a glass with ice
  • Garnish with grapefruit


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