This is my destination paradise cocktail recipe, so delicious that it will make you feel like you are sitting on an island sipping it!
Yes, yes, yes!
Would this paradise cocktail taste more delicious while sitting on a tropical island? Of course it would! Because you would be sitting on a deserted island, a paradise, if you will, which means you would be relaxing and on vacation!
And if not on vacation, then you would be retired and enjoying your life.
Just as it should be.
Balance is Key
What I love about this cocktail is the balance.
I know I’ve spoken about it before but balance is key in a cocktail! Some people think they are doing you a favor by being heavy handed with the liquor. But they are not and you should slap their hand so they learn.
Okay, maybe that isn’t a good idea because you can’t go around slapping people and still walk around free.
Free to drink this delicious cocktail! They wouldn’t serve the paradise cocktail in prison.
How to mix the Paradise Cocktail
We have gin, apricot brandy and orange juice. That’s it. Easy peasy.
I get my cocktail shaker and fill it half way with ice.
Next, I pour out 2 ounces of gin. My new favorite is Bombay Sapphire! What is yours? Leave me a comment to let me know!
I pour the gin into the shaker.
Next up is the apricot brandy. I measure out 1 ounce of the delicious nectar.
Into the shaker it goes.
Now for the orange juice.
I pour out 1 ounce. Remember, balance.
Into the shaker it goes.
Slice it Baby
I cut a really thin slice of orange, cut it in half again and set it aside. These halves I will place in the paradise cocktail. I also cut a thicker piece of orange and cut it in half to garnish the side of the glass.
Most importantly, I eat the other half of this thicker slice because it looks so good.
I cap the shaker and shake it at least 20 times. Then I strain the liquid into the glass. Finally, I slip the thin orange slices into the cocktail and I place the thicker slice on the outside of the glass.
Mmmmmm. Doesn’t that look good?
I need to point out that cute little finger puppet in the background of the above photo. It was given to me by my friend Thomas in Maine. I love her. She’s dressed in a bikini and she’s wearing sunglasses. I thought it appropriate to put her in the photo of the paradise cocktail.
Now for the vertical view.
I hope you enjoyed this paradise cocktail recipe!
I really enjoyed sipping it!
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And may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
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- 2 ounces gin I used Bombay Sapphire
- 1 ounce apricot brandy
- 1 ounce orange juice
- Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
- Add gin, apricot brandy and orange juice
- Cap shaker and shake 20 times
- Strain into coupe glass and add thin halves of orange inside glass and place thicker orange slice on the side of the glass