Jubilee 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 Jubilee cocktail is a classic drink that dates back to the early 20th century. It was created to celebrate special occasions and milestones, such as jubilees, anniversaries, and other momentous events. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a sophisticated and elegant drink with a touch of history.

  • The name 'Jubilee' is derived from the Latin word 'jubilare', which means 'to celebrate'.
  • The cocktail has evolved over the years, with various bartenders putting their own spin on the recipe.
  • It is often served at high-end events and gatherings, making it a symbol of luxury and refinement.

How Jubilee Tastes?

The Jubilee cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. It has a smooth, velvety texture with a hint of citrus and a subtle, lingering sweetness. The drink is well-balanced, making it a refreshing and satisfying choice for any occasion.

Interesting facts about Jubilee

  • The Jubilee cocktail is sometimes referred to as the 'Queen's cocktail' due to its association with royal celebrations.
  • The original recipe called for champagne, but modern variations often use sparkling wine or prosecco for a more affordable option.
  • The cocktail is typically garnished with a twist of lemon or orange peel, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication.


A few good options for Jubilee are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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GIN: 2oz

The gin is the backbone of our Jubilee, providing a botanical kick that's as essential as a good pun at a party. Without it, you'd just have a tart wine spritzer on your hands. Too much and you risk overpowering the delicate balance of flavors.

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This citrus acrobat flips the cocktail from flat to fab, adding a zesty freshness. Skimp on it, and you might as well be drinking a ginny lemonade; overdo it, and your taste buds will be doing the sour-face tango.

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This liquid gold gives the cocktail its fruity depth and a hint of sweetness, without which the drink would lack complexity. It's like the surprise twist in a movie – take it away, and something feels missing.

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Our sweet symphony to the sour notes, the simple syrup brings balance. Going without is like a comedian forgetting the punchline – quite disappointing. But don't get too heavy handed, or it's cavity city!

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The bubbly personality that makes the Jubilee pop! Leaving out the sparkling wine is like forgetting the fireworks on the Fourth of July. The right amount adds effervescence and class, too much might turn your cocktail into a boozy soda.

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The final flourish that's both aromatic and pretty. Without it, the cocktail still tastes great, but you miss out on the zesty invitation to sip.

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Recipe. How to make Jubilee Drink

  1. Chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice and setting it aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Discard the ice from the chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Strain the mixture into the glass.
  6. Top with sparkling wine and gently stir to combine.
  7. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for a brighter, more vibrant flavor.
  • Chill your glass in the freezer for a few minutes before making the cocktail to keep it cold longer.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker until it's too cold to hold. This ensures the ingredients are well mixed and chilled.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese plates: A variety of cheeses, especially creamy ones like brie or camembert, will complement the fruity and zesty notes of the Jubilee cocktail.
  • Seafood dishes: Items like shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon can pair nicely, as the acidity of the lemon cuts through the richness of the seafood.
  • Light salads: Opt for salads with citrus dressings or with elements like goat cheese and nuts to echo the cocktail's bright and botanical flavours.


  • Fruit tarts: The sweetness and tartness of fruit tarts will align with the refreshing and fruity notes of the Jubilee cocktail.
  • Sorbet: A lemon or berry sorbet would be a delightful palate cleanser that ties in with the cocktail's profile.

Sipping Situation

  • Summer gatherings: The Jubilee cocktail is perfect for outdoor festivities or a classy brunch.

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What you could change in Jubilee

  • Gin: Can be substituted with vodka for a less botanical flavor.
  • Sparkling Wine: Prosecco or champagne can be used instead.
  • Orange Liqueur: If not available, triple sec can be used as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Berry Jubilee

Add a handful of fresh mixed berries to the shaker with the other ingredients. Muddle them gently before shaking. This will give the cocktail a berry twist that's like a summer fling—sweet, colorful, and always leaving you wanting more.

Rose Jubilee

Replace the sparkling wine with rose champagne. The drink will have a blushing makeover, as if the Jubilee got ready for a first date. It's a floral turn that'll make your heart flutter and your taste buds giggle.

Jubilee Royale

In this elevated twist, use a high-end cognac in place of the gin and top the cocktail with an exclusive vintage champagne. It's like taking the Jubilee from economy to first-class; it costs more, but oh, the luxury!

In case you forgot basics how to make Jubilee

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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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Jubilee

What type of gin works best for a Jubilee cocktail?

While any gin can be used, a London Dry Gin often brings out the best flavors in a Jubilee cocktail due to its botanical profile.

What types of occasions are best for serving the Jubilee cocktail?

The Jubilee cocktail, associated with luxury and sophistication, is perfect for special events like anniversaries, retirements and birthdays, as well as formal gatherings.

Can I prepare a batch of Jubilee cocktails in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the base of the cocktail (gin, lemon juice, orange liqueur and simple syrup) in advance, but it's best to add the sparkling wine just before serving to retain its effervescence.

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

Yes, you can substitute the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit, the orange liqueur with orange juice, and use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine.

What is the best way to store leftover Jubilee cocktails?

You can store the base of the cocktail in the refrigerator for up to two days. Add sparkling wine when you're ready to serve.

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