Even though I’m not the biggest drinker, I’m a huge fan of frozen cocktails in the summertime. There’s nothing better than a boozy smoothie filled with refreshing, seasonal flavors! This frozen cocktail takes all the classic flavors of peach pie and pairs them with Empress 1908 gin to make a deliciously peachy refreshment that’s perfect for every summer occasion.
What makes Empress 1908 Gin so special?
Let me start off by honestly saying that gin isn’t normally my spirit of choice. That said, Empress 1908 Gin has changed the game for me completely! Empress 1908 Gin is a hand-crafted spirit from Victoria Distillers in British Columbia, Canada. It’s micro-distilled in small batch copper pot stills using eight botanicals: juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark, butterfly pea blossoms and the Fairmont Empress Blend Tea. The gin gets its gorgeous color naturally from butterfly pea flowers. It’s a very complex gin, that lends itself well to floral and fruity cocktails (my favorite!).
Butterfly pea flowers are naturally pH sensitive which makes working with Empress super fun: any acidic additions, such as lemon, shifts the indigo color to magenta or pink. Basic ingredients, such as tonic water, give it the most gorgeous lagoon blue. Honestly, it makes bartending like a delicious science experiment.
How to make this cocktail
Making this cocktail is super simple, but does require a little bit of planning and some special equipment. It calls for a bourbon simple syrup, which is just a regular simple syrup that has some bourbon vanilla extract added for that classic pie flavor.
Because this cocktail is blended, you will need some type of blender, nutribullet, or food processor. If it is coming out a bit too thick, add more lemon juice (or gin- I won’t tell!) until you reach your desired consistency.
This recipe makes two cocktails, but can easily be scaled up for a larger gathering.
I hope you enjoy the Empress Peach Pie! Be sure to tag me on instagram so I can see your creations, and leave me a comment below! Your feedback helps other home cooks and bakers who are giving this recipe a try, and I love hearing about what you made!