Rose Colored Glasses

The Rose Colored Glasses cocktail, featuring Empress Elderflower Rose Gin, cardamom, lime juice, honey, and coconut milk, is the perfect sip for a cozy fall evening.

I partnered with Empress 1908 Gin to mix up the Rose Colored Glasses recipe! Recipe and ideas are my own.

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Rose Colored Glasses Cocktail

I’ve always been a fan of Empress 1908 Gin, so when they unveiled their latest creation, Elderflower Rose, I was so excited to dive into some new cocktail experiments! Elderflower Rose Gin boasts an understated floral palate adorned with citrus and spice notes. Its gorgeous ruby hue, achieved through a unique infusion of red rose petals and black carrots, definitely caught my attention.

Click here to find out more about Empress 1908 Gin’s brand story and their inspiration behind their spirits.

Inspired by Empress Elderflower Rose Gin, I crafted the Rose Colored Glasses cocktail – a delightful concoction that unites the elegance of Empress Elderflower Rose Gin with the warmth of cardamom, zing of fresh lime juice, sweetness of honey, and creamy coconut milk. A toasted coconut rim ties it all together, making each sip perfect for a relaxing fall night!

Ingredients for Rose Colored Glasses Cocktail

  • Cardamom Pod: This fragrant spice imparts a subtle hint of warmth and earthiness to balance the cocktail’s flavors. I used McCormick Gourmet All Natural Whole Cardamom Pods.
  • Empress Elderflower Rose Gin: Empress Elderflower Rose Gin delivers floral and citrus notes with a vibrant red hue.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a zesty kick. You can also use bottled lime juice.
  • Honey Syrup: Honey syrup brings a touch of natural sweetness. I like GloryBee’s Premium Gourmet Honey Syrup.
  • Coconut Milk: Creamy coconut milk adds a lush and velvety texture. I used Thai Kitchen Unsweetened Coconut Milk.
  • Shredded Coconut (for Rim): Toasted shredded coconut adorns the glass rim for a delightful aroma.
  • Edible Flowers, Sage: Add edible flowers and sage for an elegant finishing touch!

How to Make the Rose Colored Glasses Cocktail

Begin by toasting shredded coconut in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until it turns golden brown. Next, drizzle honey syrup along the rim of a coupe glass. Then sprinkle the toasted coconut over it until the rim is generously coated.

Add a cardamom pod to your cocktail shaker. Give it a gentle muddle to release the pod’s aromas and crack some of the seeds. Next add Empress Elderflower Rose Gin into the shaker, followed by lime juice, honey syrup, and coconut milk. Add ice to the shaker, seal it tightly, and shake until the cocktail is chilled.

Strain into the prepared coupe glass with its coconut rim. Garnish with edible flowers and sage, if desired. Cheers!

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Rose Colored Glasses Cocktail

The Rose Colored Glasses cocktail is made with Empress Gin, cardamom, fresh lime juice, sweet honey, and creamy coconut milk for cozy fall sipping!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coconut Milk, fall drinks, Gin, Gin Cocktail
Yield: 1


  • Cardamom pod
  • 1 1/2 oz Empress Elderflower Rose Gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz honey syrup
  • 1 oz coconut milk
  • For rim: shredded coconut
  • For garnish: edible flowers, sage


  • Toast shredded coconut on a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown. Drizzle honey syrup on the rim of a coupe glass. Sprinkle with toasted coconut until coated.
  • Add cardamom pod to a cocktail shaker. Muddle to crush the pod and crack some of the seeds. Add Empress Elderflower Rose Gin, lime juice, honey syrup, coconut milk and ice to the shaker. Shake until chilled.
  • Strain into prepared coupe glass. If desired, garnish with edible flowers and sage.

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