Ambrosia Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Ambrosia cocktail is a classic drink that was popular in the 1920s. It's a delightful blend of apple brandy, raspberry syrup, and champagne. It was named after the food of the gods in Greek mythology, and it's easy to see why. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a fruity, bubbly drink with a kick.

  • 1920s: The Ambrosia cocktail was first created.
  • Fruity and Bubbly: This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy fruity and bubbly drinks.

How Ambrosia Tastes?

The Ambrosia cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, fruity, and bubbly. The apple brandy adds a rich, sweet flavor, while the raspberry syrup gives it a fruity tang. The champagne adds a bubbly, effervescent quality that lightens the drink and makes it perfect for celebrations.

Interesting facts about Ambrosia

  • The Ambrosia cocktail was named after the food of the gods in Greek mythology.
  • It was popular in the 1920s, a time known for its extravagant parties and cocktails.
  • Despite its sweet and fruity flavor, the Ambrosia cocktail packs a punch with its apple brandy base.


Apple Brandy

Apple brandy brings a warm, fruity base to the cocktail. With 1.5oz, you're infusing enough flavor to be noticeable without overpowering the other ingredients. Skimp on it and you'll lose the cocktail's backbone; douse it and you'll drown out the delicate raspberry and champagne. Alternatives like pear brandy could offer a similar profile, but with a different fruit nuance.

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Raspberry Syrup

A full ounce of raspberry syrup gives the Ambrosia a sweet and tart berry flavor that intermingles gracefully with the apple brandy. Using less may leave the drink too dry, while more could tip it into cloying territory. If raspberries aren't your jam, try a blackberry syrup for a deeper, earthier sweetness.

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The 2oz of champagne adds effervescence and a delicate brightness that lifts the drink. Not enough champagne and you lack the sparkle; too much and the drink becomes more mimosa than cocktail. Prosecco is a viable alternative if you prefer a sweeter, slightly heavier bubbly.

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Lemon Twist

This garnish is not just for show! The lemon twist adds a zesty aroma and a subtle citrus taste that rounds out the cocktail wonderfully. Without it, you'll miss a layer of complexity. No lemons? Try an orange twist for a gentler, sweeter citrus note.

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Recipe. How to make Ambrosia Drink

  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. Pour the apple brandy and raspberry syrup into a shaker with ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Top with champagne.
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality champagne to make the cocktail taste even better.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • Be sure to shake the apple brandy and raspberry syrup well to fully combine the flavors.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters: The fruitiness of the Ambrosia cocktail pairs wonderfully with a variety of cheeses, especially creamy brie or sharp cheddar.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail or scallops will complement the crisp and slightly sweet notes of the cocktail.


  • Fruit tarts: Enhance the fruit flavors in the cocktail with a fresh berry tart or an apple galette.
  • Dark chocolate: The bitterness of dark chocolate will contrast nicely with the sweetness of the raspberry syrup.


  • Nuts: Salted almonds or candied walnuts can provide a delicious textural contrast and a taste that stands up to the robust flavors of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Ambrosia

  • Apple Brandy: You can substitute with Calvados or any other apple-flavored liquor.
  • Raspberry Syrup: You can use raspberry liqueur or fresh raspberries muddled with sugar.
  • Champagne: Any sparkling wine can be used in place of champagne.

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And of course - twists🍹

Berry Ambrosia

  • Substitute raspberry syrup with mixed berry syrup.
  • Use 1oz mixed berry syrup.
  • Follow the original recipe steps.
  • This twist brings a mélange of berry flavors to the drink, offering a more complex fruitiness.

Autumn Ambrosia

  • Substitute apple brandy with pear brandy.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon syrup.
  • Follow the original recipe, including the cinnamon syrup in the shaker.
  • This version adds a spicy warmth, perfect for a fall evening.

Citrus Fizz

  • Add 0.5oz of fresh orange juice.
  • Use a blood orange twist instead of lemon.
  • Follow the original recipe, adding the orange juice to the shaker.
  • This twist provides a sunny, citrus-forward profile with a striking garnish.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ambrosia

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ambrosia

What type of glass is best for serving the Ambrosia cocktail?

The Ambrosia cocktail is best served in a chilled champagne flute.

Can I prepare the Ambrosia in advance for a party?

You can prepare the apple brandy and raspberry syrup mixture in advance but it's best to add the champagne just before serving to maintain its fizz.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Ambrosia cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute the apple brandy with apple juice and for the champagne, you can use a non-alcoholic sparkling cider. Remember to use a non-alcoholic raspberry syrup.

What other cocktails can be made using these ingredients?

Many other cocktails use these ingredients, like the classic Brandy Fizz, which uses brandy and champagne, or the Raspberry Mule, which uses raspberry syrup.

Can I use a different type of fruit syrup?

While raspberry syrup gives the Ambrosia its distinctive taste, you can also experiment with other fruit syrups like strawberry or blackberry.

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