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Destination Paradise Cocktail

This paradise cocktail recipe is so delicious that it will make you feel like you are sitting on an island sipping it! It’s fruity and will get you in the mood for summer.

A coupe glass filled with an orange cocktail with orange slices in the glass

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.

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Gin, apricot brandy and orange juice with the shaker and glass int he background

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!

Gin poured out with the bottle, glass and shaker in the background

I pour the gin into the shaker.

Next up is the apricot brandy. I measure out 1 ounce of the delicious nectar.

Apricot brandy poured out with the bottle, shaker and glass in the background

Into the shaker it goes.

Now for the orange juice.

Orange juice measured out with the bottle, orange garnish, shaker and glass in the background

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.

A coupe glass filled with an orange cocktail with orange slices in 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.

Vertical view of the coupe glass with the orange cocktail along with orange slices in it

I hope you enjoyed this paradise cocktail recipe!

I really enjoyed sipping it!

Please leave me a comment telling me what your favorite gin cocktail is? If you do comment, please leave me a rating!

And may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Destination Paradise Cocktail

This paradise cocktail is perfectly balanced and oh so delicious!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: paradise cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 209kcal


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


  • 1 thinly sliced orange wheel cut in half
  • .5 thicker orange slice cut in half


  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Add gin, apricot brandy and orange juice
    2 ounces gin, 1 ounce apricot brandy, 1 ounce 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
    1 thinly sliced orange wheel cut in half, .5 thicker orange slice cut in half


Coupe glass or martini glass
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Serving: 5ounces | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 56mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 14.2mg
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  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˜‰