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The Empress Fizz


The Empress Fizz

This is a simple spin on our Empress cocktail. By adding soda water to the combination of vodka, elderflower liqueur, lychee juice and lime juice, this sour-style cocktail turns into a light, floral, refreshing long drink. The Empress Fizz is perfect for serving at a summertime bar hire or as an alternative for those who prefer their drinks long and mellow to short and strong.

Vodka, Elderflower Liqueur, Lychee Juice, Lime Juice, Soda – Champagne Flute*

*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.

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The Empress Fizz is a beautifully floral long drink, that features the unique flavour of lychee, paired with herbaceous elderflower and zesty lime, and topped with soda to make it a bright and refreshing fizz.

The Empress is one of our house creations, designed as a spin on the Lychee Martini, as with most sour style cocktails, by simply serving the drink in a tall glass, over ice and topped with soda, the short, sharp sour is transformed into a long, mild high-ball.

Many other sours can be converted into fizzes with this simple tweak so if you’re planning on serving a menu populated by short, strong classics like the Daiquiri, the White Lady or the Empress, you can offer fizzed up versions of all these drinks for those guests who prefer a long, sipping cocktail.

The Empress Fizz is a great spring-time cocktail, with its light, herbal sweetness it embodies the cool, refreshing feel of a spring evening and is the perfect inclusion in a light, florally flavoured cocktail selection. Some other great floral, perfumed cocktails include the Aviation; a classic sour featuring gin, lemon and violet liqueur, or the Perfumed Fizz a simple mixture of vodka, apricot liqueur, lemon, grapefruit and soda.

This drink is a great example of a vodka cocktail and if you want to showcase more of what this versatile spirit has to offer there are a huge range of different vodka cocktails to choose from, some of our favourites include the Twinkle; an elegant mixture of vodka, elderflower and prosecco, and the 90’s favourite; the Cosmopolitan, an underrated mixture of vodka, cranberry, triple sec and lime.

If you’re thinking of serving an Empress Fizz as part of your menu and want to know more about what drinks might sit well alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other vodka based, house created and high-ball-style cocktails from our list.


For more on the history of this cocktail check out our page on The Empress.

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To read more about this cocktail check out our page on The Empress.


To read more about this cocktail check out our page on The Empress.

Ingredients & Equipment

With vodka it’s always worth using a classic premium brand from Russia or Poland like Stolichnaya or Wybyrowa to get the characteristic smoothness you expect.

In terms of elderflower liqueur there really is only one brand that most mixologists use: St. Germain,is a French elderflower liqueur with a naturally floral sweetness and a dry finish making it a fantastic ingredient for cocktails.


  • 25ml Vodka
  • 25ml Elderflower Liqueur
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 25ml Lychee Juice
  • Soda Top
  • Tinned Lychee for Garnish


  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • High-Ball Glass
  • Cubed Ice
  • Take your Boston glass or small tin
  • Using your jigger to measure add the vodka, elderflower liqueur and lychee juice to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and a jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lime juice and add it to the shaker
  • Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your tin or lid
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Fill your high-ball glass with cubed ice
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer, strain your cocktail into the glass
  • Fill to the top with soda water
  • Garnish with a tinned lychee
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.