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Purple Gaze — Spyglass + AKB at Archer Hotel New York 12 Months of Cocktails: June

The inspiration A spirit of empowerment

For the June entry of Archer’s 12 Months of Cocktails, Nicole Mendoza, bar supervisor at Spyglass Rooftop Bar, created the Purple Gaze cocktail with Pride Month in mind.

What started in 1970 as the Pride March in recognition of the 1969 events at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village has evolved into a month-long celebration of gay pride the world over. Every June, New York City is awash in rainbow pride flags — with the color violet representing “spirit” and, on its own, representing “pride.”

“Stonewall inn façade” by AtsushiJC is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Purple Gaze Spyglass Rooftop Bar + AKB at Archer Hotel New York

As lovely as the sunset view from Spyglass, the Purple Gaze features Empress 1908 gin — a gorgeous spirit that gets its violet color from a blend of black tea and butterfly pea blossoms. The cocktail also includes freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, ginger syrup, club soda and another pour of Empress 1908. This beautiful drink is garnished with a rainbow sour belt.

We’d love to host you at Archer Hotel New York’s Spyglass and AKB, where the Purple Gaze is available through June 2023.



1 ounce and 1/2 ounce Empress 1908 gin, divided
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce ginger syrup
Club soda
Rainbow sour belt

To a Collins glass, add 1 ounce gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and ginger syrup. Fill with ice and top with club soda. Pour remaining 1/2 ounce gin atop as a floater. Garnish with a rainbow sour belt.


Thirsty for more? Join us all year long for 12 Months of Cocktails. Raise a glass to creative spirits with stories — every month of 2023, we’ll highlight a signature cocktail at one of Archer’s boutique hotels.

Purple Gaze — our toast to the spirit of Pride Month — exclusively at Spyglass and AKB in Archer Hotel New York

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