Paradise Cocktail

Paradise Cocktail
This Paradise Cocktail:gin, apricot brandy, orange juice. CWP/Cultura/Getty Images
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
151 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 10mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The paradise is a lesser-known classic cocktail but it is a wonderful aperitif and still has an appeal for modern drinkers. Where the gin martini is dry, the paradise is sweet and fruity, making it a nice precursor to summer dinners.

The combination of gin and apricot brandy was quite common in the early days of the cocktail. It's a pleasant taste because the brandy adds a sweet fruit contrast against the gin's botanical flavoring and drier profile. The orange juice complements both of those, bridging the gap and adding a bright citrus touch that is very enjoyable.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce apricot brandy
  • 2 ounces orange juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the ingredients.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • If you can, use fresh squeezed orange juice to complement the gin. One orange should yield more than enough juice for a single drink.
  • For the gin, you want something that has the traditional array of botanicals and a full juniper flavor. A London dry gin like Beefeater or Martin Miller's will provide a perfect foundation for this cocktail.
  • When choosing the apricot brandy, read the labels carefully and expect to pay a little more for a good bottle. Many on the market today are sweetened, making them more of a liqueur rather than a true fruit brandy. It would be best to choose a real apricot brandy, though some quality liqueur versions (such as Bols or Luxardo) are good options as well.
  • As with most martini-style cocktails, chilling your glass is highly recommended. The easiest way to do that is to place a few ice cubes in the glass while you're mixing the drink. Dump the ice before straining.

Recipe Variations

  • Though it's traditionally left ungarnished, a small orange wheel or a long, elegant twist are great options for dressing up the paradise cocktail. If you're squeezing fresh juice, cut the peel into a twist using a pairing knife or channel knife before cutting the orange in half to make the most out of a single piece of fruit.
  • This recipe is the up version of the drink, but a paradise shooter is also pretty popular. To make that drink, simply shake up equal parts (about 1/3 ounce each) of the same three ingredients and strain it into a shot glass.
  • The Boston cocktail is very similar to the paradise cocktail. In that recipe, you'll use equal parts gin and apricot brandy, accenting them with grenadine and lime juice.
  • The English rose cocktail is another classic that builds on the gin-apricot brandy pairing. The recipe includes dry vermouth, lemon juice, and grenadine.

How Strong Is a Paradise Cocktail?

The amount of orange juice in the paradise cocktail helps make this a nice and relaxed drink. It's not too strong, but it's not light either. On average, its alcohol content will be in the 18 percent ABV (36 proof) range.