Quaker's 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 Quaker's Cocktail is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century. It is said to have been created by a bartender named Frank Meier at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. The cocktail is named after the Quakers, a religious group known for their simple and modest lifestyle. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate a well-balanced and sophisticated drink.

How Quaker's Cocktail Tastes?

The Quaker's Cocktail has a complex and well-rounded taste, with a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and bitter notes. The combination of gin, apricot brandy, and lemon juice creates a refreshing and slightly tart flavor, while the addition of aromatic bitters adds depth and complexity.

Interesting facts about Quaker's Cocktail

  • The Quaker's Cocktail is named after the Quakers, a religious group known for their simple and modest lifestyle.
  • The cocktail was created by Frank Meier, a bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris.
  • The Quaker's Cocktail is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century.


A few good options for Quaker's Cocktail are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The backbone of the cocktail. It provides herbal and juniper notes. 2 oz is just the right amount to establish a strong base without overpowering the supporting flavors. Imagine a world without gin in gin cocktails. Scary, eh?

Alternatives: Use vodka for a more neutral taste or tequila for a fun twist.

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Apricot Brandy

Sweeter and fruitier than regular brandy, 1 oz gives a nice hint of apricot without turning the drink into fruit punch. Too much could make the cocktail cloyingly sweet.

Alternative: Peach Schnapps can be a similar but slightly different fruity kick.

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Lemon Juice

This adds a zesty tang to balance the sweetness of the brandy, and 0.5 oz won't make you pucker up like an octopus lip-synching to a lemon. Less would make the drink too sweet, more too sour.

Alternative: Lime juice for a sharper edge.

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Angostura Bitters

Two dashes are the magic number to add spice and depth. Bitters are like the rug in 'The Big Lebowski' – they really tie the drink together. Omitting them would leave the cocktail flat.

Alternative: Orange bitters for a citrusy note.

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Chills the drink, because nobody likes a lukewarm cocktail. It's like a snowman in the desert – it just doesn't work.

No alternative. Ice is ice. Though the shape and size of ice could vary, affecting dilution and temperature.

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Lemon Twist

The garnish that adds aroma and a twist of elegance. Plus, it makes you look fancy. No lemon twist is like a tuxedo without a bowtie.

Alternative: An orange twist, for a different citrus aroma.

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Recipe. How to make Quaker's Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin, apricot brandy, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and well 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 the ingredients are well combined.
  • Always use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the cocktail glass before pouring the drink to keep it cool for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheeses: Aged cheddar or gouda pair well with the fruity and botanical notes of the Quaker's Cocktail.
  • Seafood: Grilled shrimp or sushi can complement the citrus and sweetness of the drink.
  • Poultry: Try it with lemon-herb chicken for a harmonious blend with the cocktail's lemon notes.

Drink Pairings

  • Water: Simple sparkling water between sips can cleanse the palate.
  • Tea: A light oolong tea may go nicely, echoing the botanical elements without overpowering the drink.

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What you could change in Quaker's Cocktail

  • You can substitute gin with vodka if you prefer a milder flavor.
  • If you don't have apricot brandy, peach brandy can be used as a substitute.
  • Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice for a different twist.

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And of course - twists🍹

The Orchard Quaker

Ingredients: Replace gin with apple brandy and add a dash of cinnamon syrup.

Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled glass. This twist will feel like autumn in a glass, with apple and cinnamon playing the lead roles instead of gin and apricot.

Quaker's Sunset

Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz of grenadine and replace Angostura bitters with orange bitters.

Shake well, and instead of straining, pour the contents into a highball glass and top with soda. Expect a beautiful sunset gradient with a sweeter, more refreshing taste.

The Sour Quaker

Ingredients: Double the lemon juice and add egg white for frothiness.

Dry shake the egg white, add other ingredients, shake again with ice, and strain. A sour twist with a creamy texture that makes the gin and apricot more of an ensemble cast.

In case you forgot basics how to make Quaker's Cocktail

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 Quaker's Cocktail

What kind of gin is best for a Quaker's Cocktail?

A quality dry gin is typically used for a Quaker's Cocktail. The specific type though, relies heavily on personal preference.

What other bitters work well in a Quaker's Cocktail?

While Angostura bitters are used in the traditional recipe, you can also experiment with other aromatic bitters like orange or cardamom to add a unique twist.

What does it mean for a cocktail to be 'well-balanced'?

A 'well-balanced' cocktail refers to the right blend of sweet, sour, bitter, and alcohol so that no single component overpowers the others.

Can I pre-make the Quaker's Cocktail for a party?

Cocktails like these are best made fresh. The citrus juice, in particular, can lose its brightness after some time.

Is this cocktail suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

Yes, the Quaker's Cocktail can be enjoyed by both vegetarians and vegans.

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