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Paradise Cocktail

A sip of this paradise cocktail transports your mind to a sun-soaked island with a delightful taste that captures the essence of summer. Bursting with fruity flavors, it’s a recipe to elevate your mood with the promise of warm and sunny days.

A tulip shaped glass and coupe glass filled with the paradise cocktail with orange twists as garnish with more orange slices on the table
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The paradise cocktail, with its blend of gin, apricot brandy, and orange juice, is a delightful concoction that balances sophistication with refreshing citrus notes.

The gin provides a clean, crisp base enhanced by the sweet, slightly tangy flavor of the apricot brandy. The orange juice ties everything together with its bright, fresh taste, adding a layer of sweetness that makes the drink incredibly enjoyable.

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Each sip offers a balanced mix of flavors, making it a top choice for those looking to indulge in a little taste of paradise.

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Helpful tips

  • The quality of the orange juice makes a difference. I use local, freshly squeezed orange juice, which offers a brighter, more vibrant flavor compared to mass-produced juices. Freshly squeezed juice improves the overall taste of the cocktail.
  • Opt for good quality gin and apricot brandy. The flavors of these spirits are central to the cocktail, so choosing higher-quality brands can improve the taste.
  • Start with the recommended proportions of gin, apricot brandy, and orange juice, then adjust according to taste. Some may prefer more orange juice for sweetness or a tad more gin for a stronger kick, but I like a strong cocktail and my recipes already reflect my bias.
  • A slice of orange or a twist of orange peel makes an excellent garnish, adding an extra touch of freshness and enhancing the visual appeal of your drink.
  • To get an orange twist, use a paring knife and cut into the orange skin. Try not to get too much of the white pith. You can cut the edges of the twist to make them straight and even, like I did.
  • This cocktail is usually made in a martini glass or coupe glass, but you can serve it with ice if you want a chilled cocktail.
  • If you add ice to this cocktail, use large ice cubes or an ice sphere. This will reduce dilution, keeping your cocktail strong and flavorful for longer.
  • Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker before straining into your glass for a well-combined and slightly aerated texture.
A wood table with the orange cocktail with orange slices on the board and table
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How to make the paradise cocktail

Pre-step

Get a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Also, get a measuring glass and glassware.

Cut two orange twists from a fresh orange and set aside.

After measuring out the ingredients, pour them into the shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – gin, apricot liqueur, and orange juice. (A)

Step two

Measure out 4 ounces of gin. (B)

Left - gin, orange juice, and apricot brandy on a table with glasses. Right - gin measured out
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Step Three

Measure out 2 ounces of apricot brandy. (C)

Step four

Measure out 2 ounces of orange juice. (D)

Apricot brandy, and orange juice measured out
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Step five

Place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain, divide, and pour the liquid between the two glasses.

This drink is a martini, but I like to showcase it with different glassware. So, I’m also using this fabulous gin glass by GlenCairn (the tall one). I add a large ice cube to that one glass.

Add the thin orange slices to the cocktails.

A coupe glass and tulip shaped glass with the orange cocktail in it with sliced oranges on the table
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Mmmmmm.  Doesn’t that look good?

Vertical view of the tulip glass and coupe glass filled with the orange drink with more oranges on the table
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I can’t wait to take a sip.

Vertical view of the two cocktail glasses filled with the drink with oranges on the board and table
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I hope you enjoyed this paradise cocktail recipe!

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square photo of the coupe glass filled with the orange drink with orange slices as garnish

Destination Paradise Cocktail

This paradise cocktail is perfectly balanced and oh so delicious!
5 from 16 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: paradise cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 209kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces gin I used Bombay Sapphire
  • 2 ounce apricot brandy
  • 2 ounce orange juice

Garnish

  • 2 thinly sliced orange wheel cut in half
  • 2 orange twists

Instructions

  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  • Add gin, apricot brandy, and orange juice.
    4 ounces gin, 2 ounce apricot brandy, 2 ounce orange juice
  • Cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds.
  • Strain, divide, and pour the liquid between the two glasses. Add thin halves of orange inside the glass and float the orange twists.
    2 thinly sliced orange wheel cut in half, 2 orange twists
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Notes

Helpful tips

  • The quality of the orange juice makes a difference. I use local, freshly squeezed orange juice, which offers a brighter, more vibrant flavor compared to mass-produced juices. Freshly squeezed juice improves the overall taste of the cocktail.
  • Opt for good quality gin and apricot brandy. The flavors of these spirits are central to the cocktail, so choosing higher-quality brands can improve the taste.
  • Start with the recommended proportions of gin, apricot brandy, and orange juice, then adjust according to taste. Some may prefer more orange juice for sweetness or a tad more gin for a stronger kick, but I like a strong cocktail and my recipes already reflect my bias.
  • A slice of orange or a twist of orange peel makes an excellent garnish, adding an extra touch of freshness and enhancing the visual appeal of your drink.
  • To get an orange twist, use a paring knife and cut into the orange skin. Try not to get too much of the white pith. You can cut the edges of the twist to make them straight and even, like I did.
  • This cocktail is usually made in a martini glass or coupe glass, but you can serve it with ice if you want a chilled cocktail.
  • If you add ice to this cocktail, use large ice cubes or an ice sphere. This will reduce dilution, keeping your cocktail strong and flavorful for longer.
  • Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker before straining into your glass for a well-combined and slightly aerated texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 56mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 14.2mg
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39 Comments

  1. Delicious can I have one cheers, Love the gin, brandy.orange juice. fruity booze is always my weakness. I am going to give it try.

  2. What a perfect cocktail to usher in the weekend. This flavor combination sounds delicious: I’m waiting for 5 oโ€™clock!

  3. This sounds absolutely delicious and something I’d like to be sipping by the pool ? I’m not sure I’ve ever tried apricot brandy. Must rectify that! My favourite Gin cocktail is a negroni, but they’re very strong!

  4. Wow! Looks scrumptious Elaine, never heard about apricot brandy but I’m sure I’d love it! Pinning on my Drinks board ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. A sun soaked island sound nice right about now. Patio season is so close. This will be the perfect drink.

  6. I can’t wait to try this paradise cocktail out. I’m going to use Hendrick’s since that’s my favorite gin. I’ll report back!

  7. This is such a bright, vibrant, flavorful cocktail. I now live on the coast and this drink is perfect to sip on while watching the sunset. Love the apricot brandy and gin combination.

  8. You had me at the Bombay Sapphire- one of my favorite gins! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am definitely going to try this cocktail recipe soon.

  9. What a lovely brunch cocktail! It’s the perfect light drink to welcome Spring! Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. This paradise cocktail is refreshing and right on time for these spring temperatures we’re currently having in Florida! I made it this weekend and sipped on it while sitting outside!

  11. What a lovely combination of flavors and things so refreshing! Going to make this for our spring party! Do you think I can make this non-alcoholic as well?

    1. Thanks, Sandhya! I don’t think you can make it as a mocktail because it would just be straight orange juice.

  12. This cocktail seems like a tasty and refreshing drink to cool down with on a warm summer day. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh my goodness, this sounds insane. I have not seen an apricot brandy yet I’m really going to look out for this- apricot is one of my favorite ever flavors. I bet this is absolutely delicious and I will make it ASAP. Thank you so much for sharing!

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