Empress 75 Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Empress 75 is a twist on the classic French 75 cocktail. Instead of gin, it uses Empress 1908 gin, which gives it a stunning indigo color. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate a visually appealing, refreshing, and slightly sweet cocktail. It's a favorite among gin lovers and those who enjoy a touch of luxury in their drinks.

How Empress 75 Tastes?

The Empress 75 is a refreshing, slightly sweet, and citrusy cocktail. The Empress 1908 gin gives it a unique, floral undertone, while the lemon juice and champagne add a tangy zest and effervescence that tickles the palate.

Interesting facts about Empress 75

  • The Empress 75 is named after the Empress 1908 gin, which is infused with butterfly pea blossom, giving it its distinctive color.
  • The cocktail is a twist on the French 75, which was named after the 75mm field gun used by the French military during World War I.
  • The Empress 75 is often served in a champagne flute to showcase its beautiful color and effervescence.


A few good options for Empress 75 are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Empress 1908 Gin

Empress 1908 Gin provides not only a base spirit for the cocktail but also a beautiful indigo color that captivates the eye. Its botanicals include juniper, coriander, and signature butterfly pea blossom, which adds earthy notes. Without it, the drink would lose both its visual appeal and its complex flavor. If you opt for another gin, make sure it's floral or aromatic to maintain the character of the drink, though the color may differ.

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Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is key for its bright acidity, balancing the sweetness of the syrup and providing a fresh zesty note. Too much could overshadow the gin's botanicals, too little and the cocktail may become cloying. An alternative could be lime juice, which would give it a more tropical twist.

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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup sweetens the deal, making the lemon's tartness more palatable and rounding out the cocktail. Getting the amount right is a sweet science; too much and you'll be boarding the syrupy express, too little and the lemon may pucker you into last week. Honey syrup could be used for a richer, deeper sweetness.

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Champagne adds luxury, effervescence, and a dryness that lifts the cocktail, making it perfect for celebrations. Without it, you'd miss the fizz that makes it a ’75’. Prosecco can be used as a substitute, altering the flavor profile to a slightly sweeter, fruitier note.

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Lemon Twist

The garnish isn't just for looks; the lemon twist adds an aromatic zest when twisted over the drink, releasing oils that provide a fragrant citrus top note. No twist, and you lose this aroma that sets up each sip. A grapefruit twist could be a fun alternative, offering a bit more of a bitter edge.

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Recipe. How to make Empress 75 Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a champagne flute.
  5. Top with champagne.
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to chill your champagne flute before serving to keep the cocktail cold.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Be careful not to overfill the glass with champagne, as it can easily overflow.

Perfect Pairings


  • Oysters: The bright citrus notes in the Empress 75 perfectly complement the brininess of fresh oysters.
  • Cheese Platters: A selection of mild cheeses, such as brie or camembert, won't overpower the delicate flavors of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Seafood: The effervescence and acidity of the Empress 75 can cut through the richness of grilled salmon or scallops.
  • Roast Chicken: A simple roast chicken with herbs aligns wonderfully with the botanicals of the Empress 1908 Gin.


  • Lemon Tart: Echoing the zesty lemon in the cocktail, a lemon tart would be a refreshing pairing.
  • Almond Madeleines: Light almond pastries would match the subtle sweetness of the simple syrup and Champagne.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water with a Splash of Lemon: To keep the palate cleansed without overpowering the cocktail flavors.

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What you could change in Empress 75

  • Gin: If you can't find Empress 1908 gin, you can use a different type of gin. However, this will change the color of the cocktail.
  • Champagne: You can substitute the champagne with any type of sparkling wine.

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Hibiscus Empress 75

Add a hibiscus tea bag to the shaker when adding gin. The tart floral notes of hibiscus will infuse into the gin, giving an extra layer of flavor that pairs beautifully with the lemon. The color will become even more vibrant. Strain as usual and proceed with the original recipe. Expect a more floral and slightly tangy taste with a stunning deep pink hue.

Rosé Empress 75

Substitute Champagne for a dry sparkling rosé. Rosé brings berry notes and a blush color, making it perfect for a summertime twist on the classic. It's a more relaxed version that tastes like a sunny garden party. This variation adds a fruity note and a festive color.

Cucumber Mint Empress 75

Muddle a few slices of cucumber and fresh mint leaves in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. The cucumber adds a crisp freshness, and the mint provides a cool, refreshing note. This would be like a spa day in a glass, calming and invigorating.

In case you forgot basics how to make Empress 75

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Empress 75

What kind of occasion is the Empress 75 cocktail suitable for?

Given its luxurious and aesthetic appeal, the Empress 75 cocktail is perfect for formal events, dinner parties, or as a fancy treat for yourself at the end of a long day.

Can the alcohol be omitted for a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, you can use a non-alcoholic substitution like sparkling water or a non-alcoholic gin. Keep in mind that this will alter the taste and color.

Does the type of Champagne used affect the cocktail's flavor?

Yes, varying champagnes can have strong or subtle flavors which can contribute to the overall flavor of the cocktail. It's recommended to use a good quality champagne that you enjoy.

Does the Empress 75 cocktail pair well with certain foods?

The Empress 75, due to its light and refreshing nature, pairs exceptionally well with seafood, salads, or any light-aperitif.

Is ice necessary when serving the Empress 75 cocktail?

Ice is not typically served in the glass with the Empress 75, but it is used in the shaker to chill the ingredients before they are strained into the glass.

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