Dorado Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:28%

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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 Dorado cocktail, also known as the Golden cocktail, is a luxurious and elegant drink that dates back to the early 20th century. It was first created by a renowned bartender named Harry McElhone at his famous Harry's New York Bar in Paris. This cocktail quickly gained popularity among the elite and high society, making it a favorite among royalty, celebrities, and the wealthy.

  • The name 'Dorado' is derived from the Spanish word for 'golden', which perfectly describes the drink's rich and opulent appearance.
  • The Dorado cocktail is often associated with celebrations, special occasions, and high-class events.
  • Over the years, the Dorado has evolved and been adapted by various bartenders, resulting in numerous variations and interpretations of the original recipe.

How Dorado Tastes?

The Dorado cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors, with a smooth and velvety texture. The drink has a rich and full-bodied taste, with a hint of citrus and a subtle warmth from the alcohol.

Interesting facts about Dorado

  • The Dorado is often served in a luxurious gold-rimmed glass, adding to its opulent and sophisticated appearance.
  • Some variations of the Dorado cocktail include the addition of egg whites, which creates a frothy and creamy texture.
  • The Dorado is sometimes garnished with edible gold leaf, further enhancing its golden and luxurious theme.



Rum is the backbone of our 'Dorado' cocktail, adding a sweet and robust base. 2 oz is the Goldilocks amount – just right – ensuring the drink has enough strength without overpowering your taste buds. If there's no rum, the cocktail just becomes a sad, non-alcoholic limeade. 🍹

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Lime Juice

The zesty 1 oz of lime juice brings a vibrant tang, cutting through the sweetness and providing a refreshing zing. Skimp on it, and the drink might taste too sweet; overdo it, and you'll pucker like you've kissed a lemon. 😚

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Simple Syrup

At 0.5 oz, the simple syrup gently sweetens the deal, balancing acidity and bitterness in a sweet symphony. No simple syrup could mean a sharp turn into Tart Town, and too much might take you on a one-way trip to Sugary Swamp. 🍭

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Angostura Bitters

Just two dashes, subtle yet critical. Bitters are like the spice of cocktail life, adding depth and complexity with their botanical mix. Forget them, and the cocktail loses its polished edge. 🌿

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Orange Liqueur

Half an ounce brings a subtle fruity sweetness and a whiff of sophistication. It's like the cherry on top, but if the cherry were an exquisite orange blossom. No liqueur, no extra layer of flavor – it's that simple. 🍊

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Ice isn't just chilling; it's integral in mellowing and marrying flavors. Without it, you're basically making a packet of powdered drink mix with lukewarm tap water. Brr... ❄️

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Recipe. How to make Dorado Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz of rum, 1 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of simple syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, and 0.5 oz of orange liqueur.
  3. Shake well until chilled and well combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled gold-rimmed cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and, if desired, a sprinkle of edible gold leaf.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold longer.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix the ingredients and chill the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


The crisp citrus notes pair incredibly well with light seafood dishes, particularly grilled shrimp or ceviche.


Pair this cocktail with a spread of Spanish tapas; think patatas bravas, albondigas (meatballs), and marinated olives.


A board featuring manchego, gouda, and other semi-hard cheeses complement the cocktail's balance of sweet and sour.


Finish your meal with a citrusy dessert like key lime pie or lemon tart to echo the lime in the cocktail.

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What you could change in Dorado

  • Rum: Can be replaced with bourbon or brandy.
  • Lime juice: Lemon juice can be used as a substitute.
  • Simple syrup: Honey or agave nectar can be used as a substitute.
  • Orange liqueur: Triple sec or Cointreau can be used as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Gold-Infused Rum Dorado

Switch the regular rum for a gold-infused rum to give an even richer, more luxurious taste, and you'll feel like Midas with every sip. All other parts of the recipe stay the same, but now, you're sipping on liquid treasure.

Spicy Dorado

Add a slice of jalapeño into the shaker to infuse a kick of heat into the cocktail. This little firecracker twist adds a whole new dimension — a fiery contrast to the sweet and citrus notes. Perfect for those who like to walk on the spicy side of life.

Dorado Sunrise

Mix in a splash of grenadine after shaking and let it settle at the bottom of your glass for a beautiful sunrise effect. The grenadine adds a hint of pomegranate sweetness and creates a visual spectacle that's sure to impress.

In case you forgot basics how to make Dorado

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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 Dorado

What is the ideal type of rum to use for a Dorado cocktail?

The Dorado cocktail is traditionally made with a medium-bodied, aged rum for a richly flavored cocktail. However, the choice of rum can be based on personal preferences.

Do I need a special type of cocktail shaker to prepare a Dorado cocktail?

Any standard cocktail shaker will work fine for preparing a Dorado cocktail.

Why is Angostura bitters used in the Dorado cocktail?

Angostura bitters are used for their unique blend of natural herbs and spices, adding depth of flavor and balancing the sweetness of the other ingredients.

What is the origin of the name 'Dorado' in relation to the cocktail?

The cocktail is called 'Dorado', meaning 'golden' in Spanish, due to its rich golden color when prepared using the traditional recipe.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Dorado cocktail?

Yes. To make a non-alcoholic Dorado cocktail, substitute the rum and orange liqueur with similar tasting non-alcoholic alternatives.

What kind of occasions is the Dorado cocktail usually served at?

Due to its luxurious and elegant nature, the Dorado cocktail is often served at celebrations, special occasions, and high-class events.

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