This is a stunning gin cocktail that infuses two wonderful flavors with an exquisite gin! It reminds us of the blue grottos around the island of Capri in Italy! Yes, it looks striking, but wait until you taste it! The refreshing cucumber pairs perfectly with the spicy and fragrant ginger in the Blue Grotto Empress Gin Martini to bring our favorite gin to new heights.
Making the Blue Grotto
We really didn’t want this to be a muddled cocktail as it just looks perfect without solids floating in the drink. So, peeling and grating the cucumber, then straining it through a cheesecloth, allows you to extract the juice and flavor of the cucumber in a very clean way. You could also do this in a food processor if needed.
The ginger flavor, which should be a secondary flavor in this drink, is extracted in the shaking of the drink.
How to achieve that beautiful blue hue?
The butterfly pea flower-infused Empress 1908 gin reacts to changes in pH to become purple-pink with more acidity, and lighter blue with alkaline ingredients. This drink has ingredients that are more alkaline (e.g., cucumber). With the naturally light green color of the cucumber juice, the result is a blue color with a hint of green like the beautiful waters and Blue Grottos off the island of Capri in Italy.
But a beautiful drink doesn’t make a great cocktail – it’s all about that taste! And when you pair cucumber with ginger and a high-quality gin like Empress 1908, the result is a cool and refreshingly delicious cocktail with a breathtaking color!
This is a cocktail for every season, every occasion and, maybe every day that ends in a “y.” Enjoy a beautiful concoction that tastes as amazing as it looks!
We hope you enjoy this Blue Grotto Empress Gin Martini! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
Looking for more cocktails like this? Check these out:
- Frosted Cranberry Empress Gin Cocktail
- The Empress Maid of Honor
- The Great 1908 Blizzard Cocktail
- Spiced Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Spritz
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