Cloud Nine 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 Cloud Nine cocktail is a delightful concoction that was first created in the late 20th century. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet and fruity cocktail with a bit of a kick. The name 'Cloud Nine' is believed to have been inspired by the cocktail's light and airy taste, which can make one feel as though they're floating on a cloud.

  • Origin: Late 20th Century
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Preferred By: Sweet and fruity cocktail lovers

How Cloud Nine Tastes?

The Cloud Nine cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, fruity, and slightly tangy flavors. It has a light and airy taste, with a hint of citrus and a subtle kick from the vodka.

Interesting facts about Cloud Nine

  • The Cloud Nine cocktail is often served in a martini glass, adding to its sophisticated appeal.
  • Despite its sweet and fruity taste, the Cloud Nine cocktail packs a punch with its vodka content.
  • The cocktail's name, 'Cloud Nine', is a term often used to describe a state of extreme happiness or euphoria.


A few good options for Cloud Nine are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Offers a clean, sharp base for the cocktail and allows the fruity flavors to shine. 1.5 oz is just enough to give a kick without making it too boozy – after all, we're on Cloud Nine, not 'plastered in the stratosphere'. Skipping it? Well, you'd lose the oomph and it'd be more mocktail than cocktail. A possible substitute could be white rum for a slightly sweeter base.

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Blue Curacao

This gives the drink a beautiful blue hue – it's like sipping on a piece of the sky! The orange flavor is subtle but crucial; remove it and you'll miss the tropical vibe. If Blue Curacao is out of the question, try Triple Sec with a dash of blue food coloring; it won't be quite the same, but it'll keep the orange essence.

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Peach Schnapps

It's like the fuzzy warm hug in your cocktail – sweet, peachy, and inviting. If you don't use it, you'd lose that lush orchard taste, potentially leading to a story of 'The One That Got Peachy'. A smidge less won't do much harm; a smidge more could turn your Cloud Nine into a sugar rush. No Peach Schnapps? Try apricot brandy for a different kind of fruit forward.

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Orange Juice

It's fresh, it's fruity, and it's got the zest we all love. 1 oz strikes the balance between flavor and refreshment without turning the drink into a morning OJ. If you forego the OJ, you lose a layer of complexity. Go with mango juice if you want to mix things up, but expect a tropical tilt.

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Pineapple Juice

The tropical echo to the peach's warm hug. It adds acidity and a depth of flavor that makes you think of sun-kissed beaches. Without it, you'd be missing out on that vacation vibe. And if you're all out, try some coconut water for a different kind of island twist.

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Recipe. How to make Cloud Nine Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh orange and pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the martini glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • If you don't have a shaker, you can mix the ingredients in a glass with a spoon.

Perfect Pairings


  • Mini Crab Cakes: The sweetness of the crab pairs well with the fruity components of the Cloud Nine cocktail.
  • Shrimp Cocktail: The citrus profile of the drink complements seafood nicely.


  • Fruit Tarts: The tartness of the fruit in the tart can balance the sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Lemon Sorbet: Its light, citrus flavor will clean the palate without overpowering the cocktail's taste.

Asian Cuisine

  • Sushi: Especially rolls with mango or those that are a bit more on the sweet side.
  • Spicy Thai dishes: The sweetness and fruitiness of the cocktail can counteract the heat of the food.

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What you could change in Cloud Nine

  • Vodka: Can be substituted with gin for a more herbal flavor.
  • Peach Schnapps: Can be substituted with apricot brandy.
  • Blue Curacao: Can be substituted with blueberry liqueur.

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Cloudy Twilight

  • Substitute Blue Curacao with black raspberry liqueur
  • Add a splash of cranberry juice The luscious black raspberry will give a duskier tone, landing you on Cloudy Twilight instead of Cloud Nine. Prepare for a berry breeze in your glass!

Mango Dream

  • Replace peach schnapps with mango liqueur
  • Use mango juice instead of orange juice Take a voyage from the orchard to the tropics. This twist leads to a more exotic getaway, perfect for those who prefer a mango-rich vacation in a glass.

Sunset Serenity

  • Add half an ounce of grenadine Let the sunset hues of the grenadine ripple through your Cloud Nine, creating a serene vision of the sky at dusk. The grenadine also adds a touch of sweetness and depth.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cloud Nine

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 Cloud Nine

Can I make the Cloud Nine cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can substitute the vodka, peach schnapps, and blue curacao with non-alcoholic alternatives. For example, you can use blue food color in place of blue curacao to get the blue color.

What's the best time to serve the Cloud Nine cocktail?

The Cloud Nine is a versatile cocktail perfect for different occasions. Its vibrant color and fruity flavor make it ideal for summer parties and celebrations. However, it can also be a great choice for evening drinks.

How long does it take to make a Cloud Nine cocktail?

It should generally take around five minutes to make a Cloud Nine cocktail, including preparation time. However, the time could vary depending on your skill level and the quality of the ingredients.

Can I use frozen fruits to make the Cloud Nine cocktail?

Yes, you can use frozen orange and pineapple, but fresh is usually best for taste and presentation. Just remember to thaw them properly before using.

Is there a specific vodka brand you would recommend for the Cloud Nine cocktail?

For the Cloud Nine cocktail, a mid-range vodka should work fine. The flavors of the other ingredients dominate the drink, so a super high-quality vodka won't be discernible. However, you should avoid cheap brands that can ruin the overall taste of the cocktail.

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