Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s (Stateline) Empress Gin and Tonic |

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s (Stateline) Empress Gin and Tonic

Rob Galloway
AleWorX’s Empress Gin and Tonic is a straightforward, yet delicious cocktail that pairs perfectly with the recent warmer temperatures. The drink is available at AleWorX’s Stateline location.
Rob Galloway / Lake Tahoe Action

One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

Like Forrest Gump simplistically moving through an extraordinary life, this week’s cocktail does the very same. AleWorX’s Empress Gin and Tonic goes to show you that if paid attention to, simple can also be magnificent.

In the case of this drink, it’s the ingredients that shine. Empress gin, elderflower tonic water and spanked mint are all it needs. Spanked mint? Yup, just like it sounds. As if the mint were a very, very bad boy, it is spanked, rubbed around the rim of the glass and tossed into the fray.

The Empress gin lends a whole lotta sexiness with its purple hue, but even with so few ingredients, it doesn’t overpower you. It’s the perfect Abbott to the elderflower tonic water’s Costello, which adds the perfect amount of tingly to the taste.

While the elderflower does chime in with a little floral/herbal note, it’s the mint that does the heavy lifting on the herb side. But it’s only like a one-night stand in the aftertaste — its super quick to come and go, but it definitely leaves an impression as it heads out the door.

This drink marries up perfectly for our Tahoe weather right now. I’m not sure if there’s an easier drinking cocktail to enjoy that warm Sierra sunshine and put us in the mood for summertime.

As refreshing as a musical power trio, this cocktail reminds us that simple is as simple does. In this case it does simple very, very well.

Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s Stateline restaurant and bar is located at 31 U.S. 50, Suite 105, and is open from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Learn more at or on Facebook (@laketahoealeworx).

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