Paradise 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 Paradise cocktail is believed to have originated in the early 20th century, during the golden age of cocktails. It quickly gained popularity among the upper class and was often served at high-end parties and gatherings. The Paradise cocktail is known for its elegant presentation and refreshing taste, making it a favorite among those who appreciate fine cocktails.

  • The Paradise cocktail was first mentioned in Harry Craddock's 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' in 1930.
  • It is said to have been a favorite of the British Royal Family during the 1930s.
  • The cocktail is often associated with tropical destinations and luxury resorts.

How Paradise Tastes?

The Paradise cocktail has a delicate balance of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The gin provides a strong, herbal base, while the apricot brandy adds a touch of sweetness. The fresh orange and lemon juices bring a bright, citrusy tang to the drink, making it light and refreshing.

Interesting facts about Paradise

  • The Paradise cocktail is sometimes referred to as a 'Gin Sling' due to its similarity in ingredients and preparation.
  • The cocktail is often served in a martini glass, but can also be found in a coupe or highball glass.
  • The Paradise cocktail is sometimes garnished with an orange twist or a cherry, adding a pop of color and a hint of additional flavor.


A few good options for Paradise are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Using 1.5 oz of Gin gives the cocktail its backbone and a kick of botanical flavors. It's the star of the show, so using less might make your cocktail feel a bit underdressed, while more might turn it into a botanical bully.

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Apricot Brandy

0.75 oz of Apricot Brandy brings a sweet fruitiness that complements gin's herbal notes. It's less about the buzz and more about the blush! Without it, you're missing a layer of complexity, akin to a painting without its colors.

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Fresh Orange Juice

At 1.5 oz, fresh orange juice adds a citrusy punch and helps to balance the potency of the alcohol. Too little, and the cocktail could become a stiff upper lip; too much, and it's just a boozy OJ!

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Fresh Lemon Juice

0.5 oz is just enough to add brightness without stealing the spotlight. It's like a squeeze of lemon on a piece of fish; without it, things can taste flat.

Alex Green

Orange Twist

An Orange Twist isn't just garnish; it’s essential aesthetics. It also releases oils that subtly influence the taste. No twist means no zesty flair!

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A Cherry garnish adds a pop of color and a sweet, fruity end to your last sips. It's the bow on top of the present—missing it is like forgetting to smile after saying a joke.

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Recipe. How to make Paradise Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin, apricot brandy, fresh orange juice, and fresh lemon juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • Use freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice for a brighter, fresher flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix and chill the ingredients.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled seafood: The zesty citrus notes of the Paradise cocktail complement the charred flavors of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Chicken salads: A refreshing chicken salad with fruits like pineapple or apple pairs well as the salad's acidity and sweetness match the cocktail's profile.
  • Asian Cuisine: The citrusy tang can cut through the richness of dishes like Thai curry or sushi.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: For those preferring a non-alcoholic beverage, sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon can go alongside without overpowering the Paradise flavors.
  • Dry White Wine: If wine is preferred, a dry white wine could be a good match, especially one with crisp acidity to echo the cocktail’s citrus notes.

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What you could change in Paradise

  • Vodka can be used instead of gin for a smoother taste.
  • Peach brandy can replace apricot brandy for a different fruity note.
  • Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice for a more tart flavor.

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Tropical Paradise

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz Coconut Rum, 0.75 oz Peach Schnapps, 1.5 oz Pineapple Juice, 0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice, Pineapple Wedge, and Cherry
  • Recipe: Replace gin and apricot brandy with coconut rum and peach schnapps. Shake with pineapple and lime juice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherry.
  • The taste will be sweeter and more tropical, with a coconutty twist perfect for a beach getaway.

Berrylicious Paradise

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz Raspberry Vodka, 0.75 oz Chambord, 1.5 oz Cranberry Juice, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice, Fresh Raspberries, and Lemon Twist
  • Recipe: Substitute gin and apricot brandy with raspberry vodka and Chambord. Use cranberry juice in place of orange juice. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon twist.
  • This twist introduces a berry blast to your senses, with a sharper tartness and a deep red allure.

Italian Paradise

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz Aperol, 0.75 oz Limoncello, 1.5 oz Blood Orange Juice, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice, Splash of Prosecco, and Orange Slice
  • Recipe: Swap gin and apricot brandy with Aperol and Limoncello. Use blood orange juice for a bolder citrus profile. Top with a splash of Prosecco and garnish with an orange slice.
  • It offers a bittersweet symphony with Italian flair, sparkled up for a refreshing aperitivo moment.

In case you forgot basics how to make Paradise

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 Paradise

What type of Gin is recommended for the Paradise cocktail?

A dry gin is often recommended for the Paradise cocktail but the choice of gin can greatly alter the taste of your cocktail. It's always best to experiment and find what you enjoy the most.

Can I use bottled citrus juice instead of fresh?

While you technically can use bottled, the freshness and taste of the cocktail can not be compared with using fresh citrus juice.

What is the origin of Apricot Brandy and how does it influence the taste of this cocktail?

Apricot brandy is originally from the Balkans and Eastern Europe. In the Paradise cocktail, it provides a rich, sweet, and slightly tangy flavor that matches well with the other ingredients.

Should I muddle the cherry and the orange twist with the cocktail?

No, the cherry and orange twist are meant to be garnish, adding not only a splash of color but also a hint of extra flavor.

Can kids drink a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version can be easily made by substituting the gin and apricot brandy with non-alcoholic alternatives.

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