The namesake of a Waikiki Beach resort in the 1950s, the Royal Hawaiian is a tropical cocktail classic with gin as the unexpected base spirit.

This tiki-esque cocktail is easy to execute with just three other ingredients: pineapple juice, fresh lemon and orgeat, the almond syrup that’s a key ingredient in many tiki drinks.

Rather than shaking everything, save the gin for a floater and create a beautiful lavender-hued layer with butterfly pea blossom infused Empress 1908 Gin.

A beautiful sunset cocktail presentation, the Royal Hawaiian is pure sunshine in a glass.

Hosting Hack: Batch and bottle everything but the gin and keep chilled. (Batch instructions follow.) Pre-order bottles of orgeat plus fresh, loose orchids from Amazon for a beautiful tropical garnish.

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