Forbidden Fruit Cocktail Recipe

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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 Forbidden Fruit cocktail is a mysterious and alluring concoction, inspired by the biblical story of Adam and Eve. It is said to be a favorite among those who enjoy a taste of the forbidden, and its complex flavors have been captivating drinkers for centuries. The cocktail is believed to have been created in the early 1900s, during the golden age of cocktails, and has since become a classic.

  • The name 'Forbidden Fruit' is a nod to the biblical tale of temptation and desire
  • The cocktail is popular among those who enjoy a taste of the exotic and forbidden
  • Its origins can be traced back to the early 1900s, during the golden age of cocktails

How Forbidden Fruit Tastes?

The Forbidden Fruit cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. It is a well-balanced drink with a smooth, velvety texture and a lingering, complex aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Forbidden Fruit

  • The Forbidden Fruit cocktail is often associated with seduction and temptation, making it a popular choice for romantic evenings
  • The cocktail is known for its complex flavor profile, which includes sweet, sour, and bitter notes
  • The Forbidden Fruit cocktail has a rich history, dating back to the early 1900s and the golden age of cocktails


A few good options for Forbidden Fruit are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin: The botanical backbone of our Forbidden Fruit cocktail. It gives a complex, floral flavor that stands up to the sweet and tart components. Go less, and you'll be drowning in fruit; go more, and you'll feel like you're nibbling on a juniper bush.

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Triple Sec

Triple Sec: The citrus whispers of this orange-flavored liqueur balance the tartness of the lemon and pomegranate. Lose it, and the drink loses a layer of complexity. But swap with Cointreau for a richer, deeper orange flavor.

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Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice: It's all about that zing! It cuts through the sweetness and gives the drink a crisp edge. Without it, you're basically drinking a fruity syrup. Too much, and you might pucker more than you intended.

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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup: Sweetness in moderation, this balances the acidity from the lemon and pomegranate. Forget this, and your cocktail turns into a tart monster. But if you're feeling adventurous, a flavored syrup might add an interesting twist!

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Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate Juice: The 'Forbidden Fruit' itself. It provides a sweet, tart depth and gives the cocktail its signature color. Skip on this, and well, you're banishing the forbidden fruit from its own soiree – not cool! Experiment with cranberry juice for a tarter experience.

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Ice: The unsung hero that chills and slightly dilutes our cocktail to perfection. It's a balancing act – too little and your drink becomes a lukewarm potion, too much and you're drinking swanky gin water.

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Lemon Twist

Lemon Twist: The final flourish that adds a bit of zesty aroma and sophistication to your cocktail. Neglecting the garnish is like forgetting to dress up for a party – you’ll miss that elegant touch.

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Recipe. How to make Forbidden Fruit Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the gin, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, and pomegranate juice
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well combined
  • Use fresh lemon juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Chill the cocktail glass before pouring the mixture to keep the drink colder for longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters with mild cheeses complement the gin's botanicals.
  • Mini bruschettas with tomato and basil, matching the cocktail's acidity.
  • Sushi rolls, especially with a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness.

Main Courses

  • Grilled chicken or fish with light seasonings, as the cocktail is refreshing and wouldn't overpower the meal.
  • Pasta with white sauces can be a good match for its creaminess balancing the cocktail's tartness.


  • Fruit tarts or lemon-based desserts will echo the cocktail's citrusy profile.
  • Dark chocolate pairs nicely with the depth from the pomegranate juice.

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What you could change in Forbidden Fruit

  • Gin: Can be replaced with vodka for a smoother taste
  • Triple Sec: A splash of orange juice can be used as a substitute
  • Pomegranate Juice: Cranberry juice can be used as an alternative

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And of course - twists🍹

Spicy Forbidden Fruit

  • Add a slice of jalapeño to the shaker.
  • Replace simple syrup with honey syrup.
  • The jalapeño will introduce a warming spice that takes the 'forbidden' to a whole new level, while honey syrup brings a richer sweetness contrasting with the cocktail's tartness.

Forbidden Garden

  • Use Hendrick's Gin for a hint of cucumber and rose.
  • Muddle fresh basil leaves in the shaker.
  • This botanical twist makes you feel like you're sipping the secret essence of a mystical garden. The cucumber and rose notes elevate the floral aspect of the drink.

Midnight Forbidden Fruit

  • Substitute pomegranate juice with blackberry puree.
  • Garnish with a blackberry skewer.
  • Dive into a deeper, berry-laden variant that suggests a forbidden fruit from an enchanted forest at midnight. The blackberry provides a tannic sweetness and a more robust flavor profile.

In case you forgot basics how to make Forbidden Fruit

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Forbidden Fruit

What type of gin works best in a Forbidden Fruit cocktail?

A dry, botanical gin tends to work best in a Forbidden Fruit cocktail to balance out the sweet and tangy flavors.

What other cocktails can be made with similar ingredients?

Similar ingredients can be used to make other classic cocktails like a Bramble, French Martini, or a classic Gin Sour.

Why is shaking the cocktail important?

Shaking the cocktail not only mixes the ingredients but also chills the drink and adds a little bit of water, which can help to enhance and blend the flavors.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Forbidden Fruit cocktail?

Yes! Swap out the gin and triple sec for non-alcoholic spirits or just increase the amount of pomegranate and lemon juices for a refreshing mocktail.

Can I make the Forbidden Fruit cocktail in a batch for a party?

Yes, you can definitely make this cocktail in a large batch. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you'll need.

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