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Sweet and Sour Cocktail Ties in all the Elements of Spring

By Inside Columbia
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While some enjoy creating cocktails based on flavor, I chose this cocktail because of the liquor itself. Butterfly pea tea is a rare tea that changes color when ingredients are added to change its pH level. The tea alone features a bright blue color that can change to vibrant red or deep purple with a simple slice of lemon or a few hibiscus petals. This cocktail is best out on a patio with the sun shining and the birds chirping. It is sweet yet sour and keeps you wanting another one!

Gina Giorgione is the bar manager at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

Empress Gin Mojito


  • 1.5 ounces Empress Gin
  • 4-6 blueberries
  • Spring of mint
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • fresh lemon wedge
  • Soda water or tonic water (either is delicious)
  • Garnish with lemon wheel, blueberries and a mint leaf


  • Place the blueberries and mint leaves in your glass and muddle them gently. 
  • Then, fill the glass with ice and add the Empress Gin.
  •  After you’ve added the gin, add the simple syrup and fresh lemon juice. Finally, top the glass off with the soda water.
  • Garnish with fresh blueberries, a couple of mint leaves and a lemon wheel.

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