Empress Lilly Cocktail Recipe

Beloved Ways to Bookend a Meal


Photos by Rich Smith

Although apéritifs and digestifs date back over 1,500 years, they didn’t skyrocket in popularity until the 1800s. Thought of by many as quintessentially European, these cocktails aren’t just tasty, they also serve a purpose. Apéritifs are generally drier in nature and are served before dinner in order to prepare the palate and the stomach for the big meal ahead. On the other hand, digestifs are consumed after a meal and are designed to aid in digestion. Read on for some trusted classics and new-age favorites from area establishments.

alexandria dukes

empress lilly

Empress Lilly

Alexandria Dukes at The Company
Course Apéritif, Drinks
Cuisine American


  • 0.5 oz. Broker’s Gin
  • 0.75 oz. dry Curaçao
  • 0.75 oz. crème de violette
  • 0.75 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 0.5 oz. Empress Gin


  • Add Broker’s Gin, dry Curaçao, crème de violette, lemon juice, and egg white to a cocktail shaker, and dry shake for 20 seconds.
  • Add ice, and wet shake for another 20 seconds. Double strain into a Nick and Nora glass, and top with an Empress Gin floater. 
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