Lemon Empress Sparkler: A Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipe

Spring always brings a sense of rejuvenation, and nothing says “fresh start” like the bright, zesty flavor of lemon. It’s this time of year when I find myself drawn to drinks that are not only invigorating but also bring a sense of enlightenment and cheer. Lemon has been a cornerstone of my beverage choices since childhood—those days when my grandmother, Mamie, would craft homemade lemonade from freshly-squeezed lemons are still vivid in my memory. The aroma of lemon zest, the swirl of the sugar mixing in our old glass pitcher, and the eager anticipation as my brother Joseph and I sat at the kitchen counter with our glasses ready; these moments were the epitome of simple pleasures.

This affection for lemon-flavored delights carries over into my appreciation for cocktails and mocktails that capture that same essence of nostalgia yet elevate it with a modern twist. The Lemon Empress Sparkler is a perfect example. It’s a cocktail that harks back to those cherished lemonade days while introducing a splash of sophistication with Empress 1908 gin. The gin adds a stunning lavender hue, reminiscent of the lavender lemonade of days past, making each sip a beautiful bridge between then and now. Let’s step into spring with this delightful concoction that promises to brighten your palate and your memories!

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Lemon Empress Sparkler: A Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipe

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This recipe is perfect for a spring or summer day, bringing together the refreshing qualities of lemon and the botanicals of Empress 1908 Gin in a drink that’s sure to delight any palate.

  • Author: webcoders03@gmail.com
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 2 oz Trader Joe’s Lemon Elderflower Soda
  • 1 oz of Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1 lemon slice for Garnish
  • 1 scoop of ice

Instructions

  1. Prepare Your Goblet: Start by selecting an elegant goblet to enhance the visual appeal of your drink. This type of glass will not only complement the aesthetic but also enhance the overall sipping experience.
  2. Add the Soda: Pour about 2 ounces of Trader Joe’s Lemon Elderflower Soda directly into the goblet. This soda adds a vibrant citrus flavor with a hint of floral notes, perfect for the base of your cocktail.
  3. Pack with Ice: Fill the goblet generously with ice cubes. This will keep your drink chilled and refreshing, allowing the flavors to meld beautifully as they chill.
  4. Add the Gin: Carefully pour 1 ounce of Empress 1908 Gin over the ice. The gin’s unique color comes from butterfly pea blossom, which imparts a natural indigo hue that transforms into a soft lavender when mixed with the acidity of the lemon elderflower soda.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Garnish your drink with a slice of lemon on the rim or floating atop. This not only adds an extra zing of lemony flavor but also makes the presentation more inviting.

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