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Learn how to make this gorgeous Blueberry Gin Cocktail or Empress Gin Cocktail—layered with blueberry syrup, spicy ginger beer, and purple Empress gin. Follow my easy steps to create this lovely ombré layered look with a simple “float” process.
Nothing says welcome summer like this layered red, white and blue cocktail, perfect for patriotic holidays or just because you want a beautiful patriotic cocktail.
Why You Will Love this Empress Gin Cocktail
- Gorgeous | Who doesn’t love a beautiful cocktail!
- Flavorful | Loaded with clean, botanical flavors, contrasted with the peppy bite of ginger beer.
- Party Drink | Purple cocktails are all the rage, wow your friends and fmaily with your bar-tending skills by mixing this easy Empress Gin cocktail recipe.
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Empress Gin Fizz Simple Ingredients
This beautiful red, white and blue-berry gin cocktail drink is so simple!
Mint | I love the taste of mint in this gin fizz, brightens it up nicely.
Ginger Beer| I used a delicious spicy, Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic), but you can also use regular Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Tonic Water, or sparkling water; it will alter the sweetness depending on what you decide to use.
Lemon | Just a squeeze, adds a lovely citrus brightness to the drink, and changes the purple gin to more of a blue.
Flavorful Empress Gin | I used Empress Gin, an all-natural, gluten-free gin infused with 11 botanicals, including butterfly pea blossoms, giving it this gorgeous purple-blue color.
Garnish | Skewer fresh blueberries onto a pretty cocktail stick and freeze or use fresh. Add a twist of lemon and or a sprig of mint makes a beautiful garnish for this cocktail.
How to Make a Blueberry Gin Cocktail (Patriotic Cocktail)
Step 1 | Make Blueberry Syrup
This blueberry gin cocktail comes together quickly once you make the blueberry syrup!
Step 2 | Prepare base of gin fizz cocktail
Place 3-4 mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass.
Step 3 | Add Ice and Ginger Beer
Fill the glass with cubed or crushed ice (I like crushed in my cocktails, so crushed some in my blender).
Lay a spoon upside down on top of the ice and slowly pour a few ounces of the ginger beer (or mixer) to float it on top of the blueberry syrup mixture.
Step 4 | Slowly float gin on top
Slowly pour the gin over the back of the same spoon, floating it on top of the other two layers.
Garnish with blueberries, lemon twist and mint sprig if desired. Stir before sipping.
How to Float Liquor in a Drink
Learn this bar-tending secret in seconds using this simple and easy floating method, or layered cocktail.
Start with the heaviest layer of liquid first; in this case, it’s the Blueberry Simple Syrup.
Next we add ice, because we want it nice and chilled, we will do the mixer layer next.
The easiest way to describe how to float layers of liquor or in this case, three different liquids is by pouring slowly over the back of a spoon. Any spoon will work, I used a tablespoon for this drink.
Pouring the liquid over the back of a spoon slows the liquid’s dispersion, allowing it to “float” on top of the previous layer. Look at you, getting all sciency!
What is Empress Gin?
So, have you ever heard of Empress 1908 Gin? It’s not your typical gin – it’s got this amazing blue color that’s not just for show. They use butterfly pea flowers, or butterfly pea blossom, to give it that natural indigo hue. They took inspiration from the Fairmont Empress Hotel in British Columbia and put it in a bottle. (P.S. We’ve stayed at several Fairmont hotels and are always impressed; the Empress is on our bucket list!)
They make it using a special distilling process in these small-batch copper-pot stills. And when it comes to the bottle itself, they’ve gone all out with a super classy, sleek bottle and label design.
But let’s talk about the taste. Empress 1908 has this refined juniper flavor; you can pick up on these subtle hints of citrus and flowers. Imagine something smooth and revitalizing yet delicate – that’s what you’re getting. Perfect for making your favorite Empress Gin cocktails.
Empress gin is the way to go if you’re up for an adventure in the gin department. You can snag a bottle at most places that sell spirits or just order it online. Oh, and if you know someone about gin, this could be the perfect gift.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely, any gin will work great in this recipe, but of course you will not get the color definition as with the blue purple Empress 1908 Gin.
If you do not want to take the time to make your own blueberry syrup, you may replace it with Grenadine syrup. This will still yield that gorgeous red color on the bottom, but of course, would make it no longer a blueberry gin cocktail.
I always say yes, because some folks just don’t drink alcohol and I get it! This cocktail will be a little harder to emulate without the gin, however these are my thoughts on a mocktail. Use the blueberry syrup on the bottom, maybe 3 oz instead of 2 oz.
Use your favorite mixer or even a good lemonade for the middle and top with a blue soda or sports drink, if you want to stick with a red, white and blue look! If not, just top with ginger beer (non-alcoholic).
How to Rim the Glass in Lemon Sugar
To get this lemon sugared rim look for the blueberry gin fizz, follow these simple instructions.
Rub the zest and sugar together gently with your fingers to flavor the sugar.
Using a wedge of lemon or lime, rub around the rim of glass (and down the side if you want the look above). Then roll the glass in the lemon sugar and turn upside down to rim the glass.
More Easy Cocktail & Drink Recipes
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Homemade Strawberry Refresher
The Strawberry Refresher is a light non-alcoholic drink made with summer fresh strawberry syrup, lime juice and your favorite mixer. Perfect for a warm spring or summer day, refreshing and delicious.
Easy Frozen Paloma Cocktail
Try our Frozen Paloma recipe made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup! This tangy and sweet drink is perfect for any occasion, and the frozen twist adds a unique touch to the classic Paloma. Don’t miss out on this crowd-pleaser!
More Patriotic Recipes
Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor day or just a summer sip. You might enjoy these other red, white and blue Patriotic recipes!
- Patriotic “No Churn” Ice Cream
- 4th of July Cookie Cake (Patriotic Skillet Cookie)
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Red, White & Blue Patriotic Recipes
- Red, White and Blueberry Yogurt Parfaits
- No Bake Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
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Blueberry Gin Cocktail
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Blueberry Gin Cocktail
- 2 oz blueberry simple syrup
- 3-4 mint leaves
- 1/8 lemon, wedge
- 2-3 oz Ginger Beer , or mixer of choice
- 1 1/2 – 2 oz Gin , I used Empress 1908 Gin to give it this beautiful hue
- Optional Garnish | Lemon Sugared Rim, Skewered blueberries, twist of lemon and/or mint sprig
Blueberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup cane sugar, I use organic, all natural cane syrup
- 1 cup water, filtered
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh, washed (or frozen)
- Small handful of fresh mint, optional
- Place 3-4 mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass
- Pour 2 oz Blueberry syrup over the mint and muddle gently with a muddler, or use end of a wooden spoon.
- Squeeze in 1/8 of a lemon, or to taste. Fill the glass with cubed or crushed ice (I like crushed in my cocktails, so whirred some ice in my blender).
- Lay a tablespoon upside down on top of the ice and slowly pour a few ounces of the ginger beer (or mixer) to float it on top of the blueberry syrup mixture.
- Finally, slowly pour the gin over the back of the same spoon, floating it on top of the other two layers.
- Garnish with blueberries, lemon twist and mint sprig if desired. Stir before sipping.
✱ Kathleen’s Tips
How to layer or float liquor in a cocktail:
Start with the heaviest layer of liquid first, I’ve taken the guess work out of the order for you. The Blueberry Simple Syrup is your heaviest layer, which is why we start with that on the bottom.
Next for this blueberry gin fizz, we add ice, because we want it nice and chilled, we will do the mixer layer next.
The easiest way to describe how to float layers of liquor or in this case, three different liquids is by going slow and using the back of a spoon. Any spoon will work, but I used a bit larger spoon in this drink.
- By pouring the liquid over the back of a spoon, this slows the distribution of the liquid into the glass, allow it to stay "floating" on top of the previous layer.
- Place a few tablespoons of sugar (I used all-natural cane sugar) and 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime zest.
- Rub the zest and sugar together gently with your fingers to flavor the sugar.
- Using a wedge of lemon or lime, rub around the rim of glass (and down the side if you want this look above), then roll the glass in the lemon sugar and turn upside down to rim the glass.
Can I Make into a Mocktail?Yes. Use the blueberry syrup on the bottom, maybe 3 oz instead of 2 oz. Use your favorite mixer or even a good lemonade for the middle and top with a blue soda or sports drink, if you want to stick with a red, white and blue look!
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