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The Empress

The Empress is a refreshing spin on a classic Lychee Martini, combining equal parts vodka, and elderflower liqueur with lychee and lime juice.

Method

Chill a martini glass/coupette in the freezer or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, 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, before shaking 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!

History

This is another cocktail created by our head bartender, events manager and resident cocktail chemist, Jake Rogers, this simple but elegant mixture of vodka, floral elderflower, lightly fruity lychee make a zingy and botanical sour and the addition of a dry sparkling wine transforms this cocktail into a classy welcome drink, ideal for summery events like weddings and garden parties.

There is a wealth of folklore surrounding the elder tree, which gives us elderflowers and elderberries. In some myths the elder tree is said to ward off evil and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate beneath the plant, especially when it is full of fruit.

If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the elder mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only be safely cut while chanting a rhyme to the elder mother.

Allergens
Contains sulphites.
Ingredients

25ml Vodka

25ml Elderflower Liqueur

25ml Lime Juice

25ml Lychee Juice

Tinned Lychee for garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

96 calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Chill a martini glass/coupette in the freezer or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, 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, before shaking 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!

History

This is another cocktail created by our head bartender, events manager and resident cocktail chemist, Jake Rogers, this simple but elegant mixture of vodka, floral elderflower, lightly fruity lychee make a zingy and botanical sour and the addition of a dry sparkling wine transforms this cocktail into a classy welcome drink, ideal for summery events like weddings and garden parties.

There is a wealth of folklore surrounding the elder tree, which gives us elderflowers and elderberries. In some myths the elder tree is said to ward off evil and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate beneath the plant, especially when it is full of fruit.

If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the elder mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only be safely cut while chanting a rhyme to the elder mother.

Allergens
Contains sulphites.
Recommended

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.

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.

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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