The Expanse Cocktails Project

Expanse Cocktail #6

Gia lives and works in Ceres Station’s red-light district. She’s seen gang violence and death, and knows how to keep her head down when riots are imminent. Her heart and mind are open enough to find love with an Earther, and she has the strength to stand up to Miller on behalf of what’s important to her.

We always knew we wanted to serve Gia’s drink in a champagne flute - tall and elegant, like her!

Elderflower seemed to fit her essential gentleness well. Then, we added pear & ginger for their winning combo of crispness & warmth. We thought these reflected her openness & intelligence well.

Lemon brightened it - Gia’s smile when Havelock improves his Lang Belta! Adding gin gave it her strength and complexity.

We tried a couple of New World gins, but the heavy botanicals unbalanced the drink. London Dry worked much better.

This drink is great to share with friends on a celebratory occasion. Mix a small pitcher with all the ingredients except the champagne, then distribute it among flutes and top them all up with champagne. Yam seng!


  • 1 part London Dry Gin
  • 1 part pear brandy
  • 1 part elderflower liqueur
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1½ parts ginger liqueur
  • 6 parts dry champagne


Stir the first five ingredients briefly over ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.