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Rose Gin Tonic in a garden surrounded by flowers

Rose Gin Tonic

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5 mins Prep: 5 mins
Serves 1

Fizzy, floral, and refreshing, this gin tonic features Empress 1908 Gin, lichee syrup, and rosewater.


Rose Rim

  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed dried rose petals
  • Lemon wedge

Rose Gin Tonic

  • Ice
  • 1 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • ½ oz lichee syrup
  • ½ tsp rosewater
  • Tonic water (I love Fentiman's Valencian Orange Tonic Water)


  1. Step 1

    In a small plate, mix together the granulated sugar and crushed dried rose petals.

  2. Step 2

    Brush some lemon onto a section of a coupe glass. Dip your glass into the sugar and rose mixture.

  3. Step 3

    In a shaker (or a mason jar), add the ice along with the gin, lichee syrup, and rosewater. Cover and shake for 20 seconds.

  4. Step 4

    Pour into your coupe glass, top with tonic water and a squeeze of lemon.

  5. Step 5

    Garnish with a dried flower and enjoy!

Common Questions & Swaps

  • No dried rose petals? Simply create a sugar rim on your coupe; skip the roses. 
  • Can I replace the lichee syrup with another syrup? Yes, you can. I would suggest to stick with more floral flavours, like elderflower syrup. If you don't have any of those on hand and don't want to purchase them, a simple syrup will do the trick, but don't skip on the rosewater.
  • Can I replace the rosewater? You could, but then it wouldn't be a rose gin tonic would it?
Rose Gin Tonic in a garden surrounded by flowers
Bottle of Empress Gin 1908
Coupe of rose gin tonic in a garden set on a mirror with bottle of Empress Gin 1908 in the background