The Perfect Royal Hawaiian Cocktail

Whenever I get the chance to make a pretty cocktail during Summer, I am always overjoyed. This heat in Los Angeles is very humid and a refreshing cocktail now and then is what I need.

There was this particular drink that caught my eye last year and it’s called Empress 1908 Gin aka Empress Gin. I seen Empress Gin all over social media and when the company reached out to collaborate, I was elated.

This was absolutely perfect timing, because my trip to Hawaiian got postpone until next year. Now I can bring the Hawaii experience to me by making the famous Royal Hawaiian Cocktail. If you have not tried it, this drink is refreshing, vibrant and tasty, which will give your the Summer Vibes all over.

Plus, Empress Gin is Keto Friendly. Keep reading to find out the nutrition facts and what the taste is like.

What is a Royal Hawaiian Cocktail?

In the early 1920’s, Royal Hawaiian Cocktail was originally called the Princess Kaiulani, but was renamed in the 1950s. The named came from one of Waikiki beach first popular resorts, Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

This gin cocktail combines Empress Gin with fresh pineapple juice, lemon juice and almond syrup into a frothy, fruity island drink.

What if you don’t have fresh pineapple juice?

That’s perfectly fine if you don’t have it. I like to used canned Dole 100% Pineapple Juice because like like cocktails sweet. If you don’t like the sweetness, stick to fresh pineapple juice.

Here are some amazing facts about Empress 1908 Gin….

Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 Gin is a collaboration between Victoria Distillers and the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia.

On top of traditional botanicals, Empress 1908 Gin add a signature blend of black tea served at the Empress Hotel and butterfly pea blossom, an exotic herb that balances the traditional citrus notes of gin with a warm herbal earthiness, and gives the gin its natural indigo colour.

Empress 1908’s combination of exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation provide the perfect base for a new aesthetic of cocktail creation and enjoyment.”

Empress 1908 Gin

What does Empress Gin taste like?

The butterfly pea blossom imparts subtle earthy notes and an all-natural indigo hue with a stunning secret to reveal: with the addition of citrus or tonic, Empress 1908 transforms from vivid indigo blue to a delicate soft pink.

Empress 1908 is 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.

Is Empress 1908 natural?

Yes, Empress 1908 is all-natural and gluten-free.

Is Empress 1908 Keto Friendly?

Yay, you made it here. Yes, it’s Keto Friendly. On average, 1 fluid ounce of gin contains approximately 70 calories. Empress 1908 Gin is all-natural, and contains no added sugar.

More Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 73

Carbs: 0g

Fat: 0g

Protein: 0g

To make this drink 100% keto friendly, it pretty simple. I have the recipe right below the original one.

Let’s get started….

Prep: 5 minutes

Making: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yields: 1 cocktails



  • 2 Oz empress gin
  • 1.5 Oz unsweetened Pineapple Juice***
  • 1/2 Oz fresh lemon juice, optional**
  • 1/2 Oz Almond Syrup


•Pineapple leaf and or pineapple wedge


**I like it better without lemon juice. If you don’t have lemon juice your can use fresh lime juice.

***If you don’t have fresh, canned 100% Pineapple juice will work too. It will be sweeter and you can offset it by adding more lemon juice to desire taste.

Keto Version:

  • 2 Oz empress gin
  • 1.5 Oz unsweetened Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 Oz fresh lemon juice, optional
  • 1/2 Oz sugar-free Almond Syrup**


**If you can’t find it in the stores, you can make your own by combining 1 cup Stevia or Monkfruit Sweetner, 1 teaspoon of almond extract and 1 cup of water to a sauce Pan. While stirring frequently, boil it on medium heat for about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a heat proof bowl to cool and place in container in fridge until ready to use.


•Pineapple leaf and or pineapple wedge


1. Add all ingredients except for gin in a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass of choice with crushed ice.

3. Carefully layer express gin on top.

4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or pineapple leaf.

Step by step pictures…..

Enjoy. Drink responsibly. 21+

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