Empress Cranberry Sparkler

Empress Cranberry Sparkler

The Empress Cranberry Sparkler is bursting with the botanical flavors of Empress 1908 Gin, cranberry juice, and bubbly prosecco. It’s a celebration in a glass!

I partnered with Empress 1908 Gin to mix up the Empress Cranberry Sparkler recipe! Recipe and ideas are my own.

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Empress Cranberry Sparkler

I’ve been embracing the spirit of the season with the Empress Cranberry Sparkler – a cocktail that marries the richness of Empress 1908 Gin with the festive flavors of cranberry, lemon, and vanilla. I was inspired by the glitz and glam of the holidays, so I think you’ll find this sparkling creation take center stage at your gatherings!

The Empress Cranberry Sparkler brings together the botanical complexity of Empress 1908 Gin, the sweetness of cranberry juice, the zestiness of fresh lemon, and a hint of pure vanilla extract. I used cranberry juice cocktail which is sweeter than 100% cranberry juice. If you use 100% cranberry juice, you may need to add more simple syrup. Topped with prosecco, this libation is not only a total party in every sip, but is beautiful with its indigo hue – a signature touch from Empress 1908 Gin.

This recipe comes together in a snap, and took only me 5 minutes to prepare. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or enjoying a relaxing evening, the Empress Cranberry Sparkler is perfect for toasting to the holiday season!

Tell Me More About Empress Gin

Empress 1908 Gin originates from the Victoria Distillers in British Columbia and it’s crafted with 8 botanicals including juniper, grapefruit peel, butterfly pea blossoms, and the Fairmont Empress Blend Tea in small batch copper-pots. Click here to find out more about Empress 1908 Gin’s brand story and their inspiration behind the spirit.

Ingredients for the Empress Cranberry Sparkler

  • Empress 1908 Gin: Empress 1908 Gin, known for its vibrant indigo hue and botanical complexity, is the spirit of choice for this drink.
  • Cranberry Juice: Opt for cranberry juice cocktail for a sweeter profile, or use 100% cranberry juice with an extra dash of simple syrup for a less sweet option.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a zesty brightness to balance the sweetness of the cranberry. You can use bottled lemon juice here too.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: A touch of vanilla brings warmth and depth to the cocktail.
  • Prosecco: The effervescence of prosecco adds a sparkle to the drink, making it perfect for festive occasions.
  • Sugared Cranberries, Rosemary, Lemon: Sugared cranberries, fragrant rosemary, and a twist of lemon complete the drink!
Empress Cranberry Sparkler

How to Make the Empress Cranberry Sparkler

Begin by adding cranberry juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, and pure vanilla extract to a cocktail glass, stirring to blend. Next, fill the glass with crushed ice.

Gently pour in the prosecco. Finally, slowly add Empress 1908 Gin into the glass, creating a gorgeous layer over the drink. If you’re feeling extra festive, garnish with a pick adorned with sugared cranberries, aromatic rosemary, and a twist of lemon!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I achieve that beautiful layering effect with Empress 1908 Gin?

To achieve the layering effect, pour the Empress 1908 Gin slowly over the back of a spoon or by drizzling it down the side of the glass. This gentle pouring technique helps create a distinct layer atop the sparkling cocktail.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Empress Cranberry Sparkler?

To create a non-alcoholic version, omit the Empress 1908 Gin and prosecco. Increase the quantity of cranberry juice, add a splash of sparkling water, and adjust the simple syrup to taste. You’ll still enjoy the flavors with a refreshing twist.

Is there a recommended alternative for prosecco?

If you don’t have prosecco on hand, you can substitute it with another sparkling wine or champagne. Choose a dry sparkling option to maintain the balance of flavors in the Empress Cranberry Sparkler.

What’s the best way to make sugared cranberries for garnish?

To make sugared cranberries, coat fresh cranberries in simple syrup and then roll them in granulated sugar. Allow them to dry before using as a garnish.

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Empress Cranberry Sparkler

The Empress Cranberry Sparkler is bursting with the botanical flavors of Empress 1908 Gin, cranberry juice, and bubbly prosecco.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bubbly, cranberry, festive cocktail, Gin, Gin Cocktail, holiday cocktail, prosecco
Yield: 1


  • 1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 oz prosecco
  • Garnish: Sugared cranberries, rosemary, lemon twist


  • Add cranberry juice, simple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla extract to a cocktail glass and stir. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Add prosecco.
  • Slowly pour Empress Gin 1908 into the glass, creating a layer over the drink. If desired, garnish with a pick of sugared cranberries, rosemary and a lemon twist.

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