Travel to Victoria to Bask in This Unique Color-Changing Gin

The stunning purple color makes the bottle pop all on its own.

Traveling to Victoria in British Columbia?  Give your eyes as well as tastebuds a treat while you sip your evening cocktail.  The gorgeous deep purple color of the signature Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin from Victoria Distillers immediately differentiates it from others behind the bar.

Your drink begins on the rocks, eye catching in its own right.

Poured into a glass over ice, it delights with a deepness that evokes a lovely lavender field.

Then, add the tonic for a G&T and something truly magical happens – it changes into a soft, rosy-pink hue right before your eyes. Thanks to a chemical reaction from the addition of either tonic or citrus, this beverage transforms from its signature purple color (thanks to natural butterfly pea blossom flower) into this new, equally beautiful shade.

Presto! Add the tonic and the shade changes before your eyes.

Created specifically for Victoria’s landmark Empress Hotel opened in 1908, this offering from Victoria Distillers is one of the latest from a regional distiller priding itself on high quality, small-batch gins, spiced rum, hemp vodka and bitters.

According to the master distillers, this Gin is handcrafted from eight organic botanicals, is all natural and 100% authentic, ultra clean with a 96% non-GMO corn spirt base and made with pure Canadian water, then further polished with a reverse osmosis treatment.

One of the best ways to try this unusual Gin is to visit the Victoria Distillers tasting room and lounge, located right on the water at stunning Sidney harbor (about 30 minutes outside of Victoria).

Set along picturesque Sidney Harbor, the Victoria Distillers tasting room offers many locally produced varieties and makes a worthwhile stop in its own right.

First opened in 2008, Victoria Distillers moved to this new location in Sidney just a couple of years ago and offers daily tours for $7 every hour on the hour from Noon until 4 p.m., which includes complimentary tastings of all of the Distillers’ offerings. The lounge also features live music Saturday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m.

Victoria Distillers
Lounge & Retail Shop Hours
Sunday-Wednesday — 12-7pm
Thursday-Saturday — 12-10pm

9891 Seaport Place
Sidney, BC
V8L 4X3

Distillery: 250.544.8218
Lounge & tour bookings: 250.544.8217

About the author: Aimee Cebulski

Author Aimee Cebulski has been furiously catching up on lost time as a traveler after a five-year battle with fear of flying grounded her dreams of visiting far-flung destinations in her mid-20s. Now, she’s proud to have 52 stamps in her passport and considers each new one a triumph over fear. She’s worked as a freelance writer and photographer for almost 15 years and currently calls San Diego, California home. Her work has been featured in a number of travel, business and lifestyle magazines, web sites and photo galleries. She recently combined her love of travel, new cultures and writing with release of The Finding 40 Project (, a book about women turning 40 years old around the world. Always encouraging friends and families to follow their adventurous spirit, she believes strongly in the eye-opening power of travel and can’t wait for her next destination, whatever it may be! After returning from a volunteer trip to Cambodia in 2008, she organized and hosted a photo exhibition of her work called “Photography Works,” which raised more than $2,000 to fund water programs for The Trailblazer Foundation and Imagine Ankgor.

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