Gin & Pear Jam Smash

This beautiful and delicious Gin & Pear Jam Smash combines classic cocktail flavors in an updated fashion, resulting in a refreshing drink you will want to make again and again.

Empress 1908 Gin

In the summer of 2020, when I had just began my food blogging adventure, I was lucky enough to stumble across a new that is not only flavorful and incredibly smooth but absolutely beautiful to boot.

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, they 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 color.

You can purchase Empress 1908 at most liquor stores, including Total Wines, or you can get it conveniently delivered straight to your door through Bottle Rover (yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds).

Gin & Pear Jam Smash


  • Empress 1908 Gin: Quality does matter in a gin cocktail!
  • Elderflower Liquor: Your favorite brand will work.
  • Fresh Lime or Lemon Juice: One cocktail calls for the juice of 1/2 a small/medium lemon or lime (about 1 oz). I originally developed the recipe using lime but tend to use whatever I’ve got in the house. Both taste great!
  • Pear Preserves: My absolute favorite preserves to use in this recipe are Preserve International’s Lemon Ginger Pear Preserves. Not only are they delicious but all proceeds go towards empowering women small scale farmers in northern Uganda. Preserve International preserves are typically only available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area so if you are unable to get your hands on some any quality pear preserves will do!
  • Club Soda: I love the little bit of fizz club soda gives to this cocktail. It also makes it very refreshing for a warm day. However, if you want to leave this out and serve this drink straight up that works well too.

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Gin & Pear Jam Smash

Gin & Pear Jam Smash

This updated combination of classic flavors results in a fun and refreshing cocktail you will want to make again and again!

Recipe by The Jam Jar Kitchen
5 from 10 votes
Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


Prep time




  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin

  • 1/2 oz Elderflower Liquor

  • 2 tbsp Pear Preserves ( I recommend Lemon Ginger Pear Preserves from Preserve International)

  • 1/2 lime or lemon, juiced (about 1 oz)

  • club soda

  • ice

  • sprig of thyme (optional)


  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

    Strain over ice and top with club soda.

    Garnish with a sprig of thyme and enjoy!

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  1. I love this gin!!! It’s one of my favourites.

  2. I love empress gin! This is so good!

  3. Wow this is so beautiful and cans’t what to try it! My husband loves gin so this is definitely something I’d love to make.

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