The Empress

By Mixology Events

The Empress

Another Mixology Events creation, The Empress is a refreshing spin on a classic Lychee Martini, upping the dry, floral nature of the classic by combining equal parts vodka, and elderflower liqueur with lychee and lime juice. The elderflower and lychee have a mildly sweet and floral taste that pair well with the clean, dry vodka and the sharp lime juice to make a resoundingly enjoyable cocktail

Vodka, Elderflower Liqueur, Lychee Juice, Lime Juice.

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The Empress is a simple take on the Lychee Martini. The original combines vodka, lychee liqueur, lychee juice and lime juice, while the Empress simply replaces the lychee liqueur with elderflower, which has a similar flavour but a slightly more floral undertone.

This is a beautiful springtime cocktail. Whilst it features some primarily sweet ingredients, the dry vodka and tangy lime help to balance them out to make a cocktail that’s moreish and easy to drink. The Empress is a spin on the Martini, one of the most traditional cocktails with more variations than any other drink. Most of these iterations are a far cry from the original, with only the glass and the base spirit of vodka or gin in common, and they comprise such a varied range of drinks you could design a whole menu based on Martini-style cocktails.

Some other firm favourites from the Martini family include the Espresso Martini; a notorious mixture of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso, the Pornstar Martini; the hen-do hero made up of vodka, passion fruit liqueur and juice, vanilla syrup and a mildly unnecessary shot of prosecco on the side, and the French Martini: a sweet and fruity mixture of raspberry vodka, pineapple juice and raspberry liqueur.

For the serious drinkers among your guests, you might want to include a classic Martini too. This infamously strong drink is made simply by stirring gin or vodka with a very small amount of dry vermouth, and serving ice cold with either a lemon twist, an olive, or a cocktail onion. Even the original Martini has a plethora of variations in how it’s made or served, it can be wet, dry, naked, dirty and a host of other innuendo-y adjectives. Martinis are strong, dry, and certainly not for everyone, but by offering some of the fruitier versions of this cocktail you can be sure to appeal to all your guests.

For those who prefer a longer, lighter cocktail, The Empress can also become The Empress Fizz, this is the same drink, simply served long, and topped with soda.

If you’re interested in serving The Empress as part of your cocktail selection, and want to know more about what drinks could sit well alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other vodka-based, short and Martini-style cocktails from our list.


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Ingredients & Equipment


  • 25ml Vodka
  • 25ml Elderflower liqueur
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 25ml Lychee Juice
  • Tinned Lychee to Garnish


  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Fine Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Martini Glass or Coupette
  • Cubed Ice
  • Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with 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, squeeze 25ml of lime juice and add it to the shaker
  • Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Remove your glass from the freezer or empty it of ice if necessary
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer double strain your cocktail into your chilled Martini glass or coupette
  • Garnish with a tinned lychee, dropped in the cocktail
  • Serve and enjoy!



Fancy learning some of the core techniques that go into making the perfect Empress? Join us on one of our range of cocktail making masterclasses.

We’re strong advocates of experience and it’s crucial role to picking up and applying knowledge. That’s why we deliver each of our range of cocktail making classes in as interactive a fashion as possible – providing a fully-equipped bar station for each of our guests, in turn giving them a great opportunity to really get to grips with the professional-standard equipment and ingredients at hand. On top of this, the fact that there will never be more than 5 guests to any one bar limits the time spent standing around as much as possible, meaning nobody’s experience is compromised.

The open-to-the-public variety of our cocktail making classes run every Friday and Saturday at our sister company and permanent home on Shoreditch’s Kingsland Road, TT Liquor, which houses a range of fully-equipped cocktail making studios.

 We also offer the option of taking things private if you’re part of a group of 6 or more aspiring mixologists. Our mobile cocktail class service allows us to take our portable bars on the road with us to any location across London, the UK and beyond. We have over a decade of experience and in that time we’ve held classes half way up the Shard, in a client’s back garden, and even as far afield as the Scottish Highlands.

If any of this sounds right up your street, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8003 7982 and one of our dedicated events organisers will happily talk you through some your options, as well as answer any queries you may have about our services.