Platinum Blonde 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 Platinum Blonde cocktail is a classic and elegant drink that dates back to the golden age of Hollywood. It was named after the iconic platinum blonde actresses of the time, such as Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate a touch of glamour and sophistication in their drinks.

  • Originated in the 1930s
  • Popular among Hollywood elites
  • A symbol of glamour and elegance

How Platinum Blonde Tastes?

The Platinum Blonde cocktail offers a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a hint of bitterness from the orange liqueur. It is a smooth, refreshing, and light drink that leaves a pleasant citrusy aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Platinum Blonde

  • The Platinum Blonde cocktail was named after the iconic platinum blonde actresses of the 1930s
  • The cocktail is known for its elegant presentation and sophisticated taste
  • It is a popular choice for special occasions and upscale events


A few good options for Platinum Blonde are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


Gin is the base spirit, bringing botanical notes that add depth and character. Too little, you'd have a softer drink that's less complex; too much, and it may overpower the delicate Lillet and Cointreau. If you swap for vodka, you'd lose the botanical kick Gin provides.

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Lillet Blanc

Lillet Blanc offers a lightly spiced, sweet touch to our Platinum Blonde. Without it, you'd miss the roundness it brings to the palate. A substitute like Dry Vermouth could work, but expect a dryer cocktail with a touch more herbaceousness.

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This orange-flavored liqueur provides a sweet and citrusy balance. Too much could make the drink too sweet or too orange-forward—less would leave it flat. Triple sec could be an alternative, though it's not as smooth as Cointreau.

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Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds bright acidity and freshness. Skimping on it could make your cocktail cloyingly sweet; too much could turn it sour. You could try lime for a sharper tang, but it might overshadow the other components.

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Orange Twist

Releases essential oils over the drink, enhancing the aroma and adding subtle flavor. Without it, your cocktail would lack the kiss of citrus aroma. A lemon twist could work, though it would slightly shift the citrusy notes.

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Edible Gold Flakes

Purely aesthetic, makes your cocktail luxurious and festive. Leaving them out won't affect the flavor, but you will lose some of the 'wow' factor. No real substitute for gold—this is about indulgence!

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Recipe. How to make Platinum Blonde Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, and lemon juice
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain into a chilled coupe glass
  5. Garnish with an orange twist and a sprinkle of edible gold flakes

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all ingredients are well mixed.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best taste.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Plates: A selection featuring milder cheeses like Brie or Goat Cheese, which won't overpower the delicate botanicals in the Gin.
  • Seafood appetizers: Think light fare such as shrimp cocktail or ceviche that mirror the cocktail's crispness.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken Salads: The citrus notes of the cocktail complement the charred flavour of the chicken and the freshness of greens.
  • Sushi Rolls: Especially those with avocado or mild fishes to align with the cocktail's smooth and silky profile.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The citrus in the dessert marries well with the lemon juice involved in the cocktail.
  • Vanilla-based desserts: Their subtle flavour won't compete with the cocktail's complexity.

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What you could change in Platinum Blonde

  • Gin: Can be substituted with vodka for a less botanical flavor.
  • Lillet Blanc: Can be replaced with any other white wine aperitif.
  • Cointreau: Triple sec can be used as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Green Gold

Use basil leaves muddled in the shaker before adding the ingredients for an herbaceous twist. It should taste garden-fresh with an additional layer of complexity.

Spicy Blonde

Add a small slice of jalapeño in the shaker for a spicy kick. The drink will have a nice heat to balance the sweetness, perfect for those who enjoy a little spice.

Sparkling Platinum

Top the finished cocktail with a splash of Champagne or a quality sparkling wine. It'll provide an effervescent lift and add a festive touch to the already luxurious cocktail.

In case you forgot basics how to make Platinum Blonde

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 Platinum Blonde

What is the best gin to use for the Platinum Blonde cocktail?

Any quality dry gin will work well in the Platinum Blonde cocktail, such as Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire.

Can I make this cocktail in bulk for a party?

Absolutely! Just make sure to keep the ratios the same and adjust the quantities according to the number of guests.

What other cocktails can I make using these ingredients?

Many of the ingredients in the Platinum Blonde are also used in other classic cocktails. For example, gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice are also used in a White Lady cocktail.

Can this cocktail be made ahead of time?

It's best to make the Platinum Blonde right before you're ready to serve it to ensure it stays chilled and the flavors stay fresh and vibrant.

How do I select a quality Cointreau?

Cointreau is a brand of orange liqueur, so you just need to look for the brand labeling. It's a well-established and high quality option.

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