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Rainbow Layered Drink: End Of The Rainbow Cocktail

Find more than a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow with this beautiful rainbow layered drink that is perfect for St Patrick’s Day or any lazy summer afternoon. 

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Have you heard of Empress 1908 Gin? I first came across it on Instagram and the pretty lavender colour just blew me away.

I knew I had to create a drink using it so I made a beautiful rainbow cocktail  that is now one of my favorite Empress 1908 gin drinks. 

This gin cocktail is made with pineapple and orange juice and looks as good as it tastes. You get an amazing rainbow effect by layering the liquids carefully making it not only delicious but super impressive too. 

Read on for the recipe and all the details. 


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Why you’ll love this Empress Gin Cocktail

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This rainbow layered cocktail is perfect for impressing people at your next party. It is much easier to make than it looks and so tasty!

This dreamy cocktail is one of the easiest to make as you don’t need any special equipment and it is also one of the most impressive to serve at a party. 

People love fancy rainbow drinks and I always get rave reviews from this cocktail. 

This Empress 1908 Cocktail recipe is:

  • Delicious
  • Beautiful
  • Summery
  • Easy to make
  • Impressive

What is in the Rainbow Layered cocktail?

How to make an Empress gin cocktail with pineapple

A mix of juices and gin make this cocktail all the colours of the rainbow. The only tricky bit about creating it is to make sure you layer everything in order so that it stays pretty. 

Stirring the drink up will ruin the layers and, while it will taste great, you will lose the rainbow effect. 

This End of the Rainbow Cocktail  contains the following:

    • 3 ounces Pineapple Juice
    • 3 ounces Orange Juice
    • Drizzle of Grenadine
    • 2 ounces Club Soda
    • 2 ounces Empress 1908 Gin

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What Is Empress 1908 Gin?

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Empress Gin is named after the legendary Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. 

The gin came about as result of a collaboration between the hotel and Victoria Distillers. 

The gin gets its beautiful purple colour and citrusy taste from its unique ingredients:

  • Traditional Botanicals such as juniper
  • Butterfly Pea Blossom (this is what gives the gin its signature colour). 
  • Empress Black Tea (served at the hotel)

The purple colour of Empress 1908 gin makes it a wonderful addition to summer drinks and cocktails as you can make some awesome creations (the Empress 1908 website has a lot of fun ideas). 

Today I have come up with my own Empress gin cocktail that is sure to wow the guests at your next party or event.

I love using this pretty gin in my cocktails and have created some fun ones such as:

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What tools do I need to make the rainbow cocktail?

You don’t need a cocktail shaker or anything to make this drink but you will need a cocktail spoon and a steady hand. If you are in a pinch, a teaspoon will also work well. 

How To Make A Rainbow Layered Cocktail

How to make a rainbow layered drink

Here’s how to make this impressive looking cocktail in minutes. 

Step 1:Add Ice

Add your ice to the glass first

Step 2: Add The Juices

First add the pineapple juice to the glass. Once it has settled, add in the orange juice. 

Step 3: Drizzle With Grenadine

Add a small amount of grenadine or raspberry syrup if you don’t have grenadine. This will give the cocktail the “sunset effect”, similar to a Vodka Sunrise cocktail.

Step 4: Layer in Club Soda

Next, add your layer of club soda which is the clear/white you can see the the photos

Step 5: Top With Empress 1908 Gin

Now for the part you have been waiting for! Finish off your cocktail by adding your layer of lilac Empress gin to the top of the glass


how to make a rainbow layered drink

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Yield: 1

Rainbow Layered Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

This colourful cocktail is very easy to make and perfect for wowing your guests at any occasion.

Made with the beautiful Empress 1908 Gin from Victoria, British Columbia, this is a drink you won't forget in a hurry.


  • Ice for the bottom of the glass
  • 3oz pineapple juice
  • 3oz orange juice
  • Drizzle of grenadine
  • 2oz club soda
  • 2oz Empress Gin


  1. Add your ice to the high ball glass first
  2. First add the pineapple juice to the glass.
  3. Once the pineapple has settled, add in the orange juice. 
  4. Drizzle with grenadine
  5. Next, add your layer of club soda
  6. Finish off your cocktail by adding your layer of Empress gin to the top of the glass


Be careful not to mix the layers before stirring as the drink will turn an opaque violet color.

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