How Empress Gin Gets Its Indigo Hue

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The distillery uses only all-natural products to get the desired color.

Nothing screams summertime quite like sipping on colorful cocktails while enjoying time with friends. Whether it a fine glass of rosé or a well-crafted cosmo, a colorful drink is always just a little more fun. And the makers of Empress 1908 Gin take that to heart. 

Inspired by the romantic, natural colors of Victoria, British Columbia and the essence of the city's historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, the liquor has a unique characteristic that you won't find anywhere else. Made from all-natural ingredients, it's the only gin in the world to sport the distinctive indigo hue.

So how exactly does the gin get its unique color? The craftsmen at Victoria Distillers infuse the spirit with butterfly pea blossom to give it just the right hue, without giving it the look of a chemically-laden liquor. Made with juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark and a unique tea blend you'll only find at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the gin is bright with a hint of citrus. Made in small-batch copper-pot stills, the spirit has a depth that's refined, with nuanced flavors. 

The spirit is perfect for any summer soiree, and even holds a little secret that's perfect for a party trick. Add a touch of citrus or tonic and the liquor changes from its illustrious indigo-blue to a soft and subtle pink. It's a nice touch that makes this liquor stand out from the rest—and it doesn't hurt that it's utterly delicious.