|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 9g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|*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.|
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.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce apricot brandy
- 2 ounces orange juice
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the ingredients.
Serve and enjoy!
- 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.
- 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.