Paradise Cocktail Drink

Paradise

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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When looking for the perfect drink, turn to this Paradise Cocktail recipe. Simple ingredients make it effortless to whip up this exceptional cocktail.

Paradise Cocktail Recipe

Check out this easy Paradise recipe! It's a top pick for any gathering with gin, apricot brandy, and orange juice.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

144 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz apricot Brandy
  • 1 oz orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist or slice, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Martini or Cocktail Glass chilled

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to chill.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz orange juice, 1 oz apricot Brandy, and 1 oz Gin with ice cubes.
  • Shake Vigorously: Give the mixture a good shake until well chilled.
  • Strain and Serve: Fine-strain the mixture into your chilled cocktail glass, removing any ice shards.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon twist or slice for that extra touch.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: When I'm out of gin, I've swapped in vodka. It offers a different taste profile, cleaner with less complexity, but it still creates a delightful drink.
  • Apricot Brandy: Peach liqueur is my go-to substitute for apricot brandy. It's sweeter and has a distinct peach flavor, but works beautifully.
  • Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or a citrus blend can be an interesting twist if you're missing OJ. The grapefruit offers a bit more tartness, which can be balanced with a hint of agave or simple syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Paradise:

  • Scale: For a group of 8, multiply each ingredient by 8: 8 oz of gin, 8 oz of apricot brandy, and 8 oz of orange juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, blend the gin, apricot brandy, orange juice over ice and stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour into individual chilled cocktail glasses, garnish with a lemon twist or slice, and serve with a smile.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Non-alcoholic gin alternatives capture the botanical essence well.
  • Apricot Brandy Substitute: Opt for an apricot or peach nectar. These give the fruity essence without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic alternatives instead of the regular ingredients, follow the main recipe, and relish a booze-free Paradise.

Making it Vegan:

Most of the ingredients in a Paradise cocktail are inherently vegan. However, always ensure that any added sweeteners or commercial juices don't contain animal-derived ingredients, such as honey or certain types of processed sugar. Opt for organic or explicitly vegan brands when in doubt. Enjoy your vegan-friendly Paradise!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
144
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Potassium
 
58
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
57
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
14
mg
17
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Paradise Cocktail Drink

Paradise Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Check out this easy Paradise recipe! It's a top pick for any gathering with gin, apricot brandy, and orange juice.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 144

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz apricot Brandy
  • 1 oz orange juice - freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist or slice - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Martini or Cocktail Glass chilled

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to chill.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz orange juice, 1 oz apricot Brandy, and 1 oz Gin with ice cubes.
  • Shake Vigorously: Give the mixture a good shake until well chilled.
  • Strain and Serve: Fine-strain the mixture into your chilled cocktail glass, removing any ice shards.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon twist or slice for that extra touch.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: When I'm out of gin, I've swapped in vodka. It offers a different taste profile, cleaner with less complexity, but it still creates a delightful drink.
  • Apricot Brandy: Peach liqueur is my go-to substitute for apricot brandy. It's sweeter and has a distinct peach flavor, but works beautifully.
  • Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or a citrus blend can be an interesting twist if you're missing OJ. The grapefruit offers a bit more tartness, which can be balanced with a hint of agave or simple syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Paradise:

  • Scale: For a group of 8, multiply each ingredient by 8: 8 oz of gin, 8 oz of apricot brandy, and 8 oz of orange juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, blend the gin, apricot brandy, orange juice over ice and stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour into individual chilled cocktail glasses, garnish with a lemon twist or slice, and serve with a smile.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Non-alcoholic gin alternatives capture the botanical essence well.
  • Apricot Brandy Substitute: Opt for an apricot or peach nectar. These give the fruity essence without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic alternatives instead of the regular ingredients, follow the main recipe, and relish a booze-free Paradise.

Making it Vegan:

Most of the ingredients in a Paradise cocktail are inherently vegan. However, always ensure that any added sweeteners or commercial juices don't contain animal-derived ingredients, such as honey or certain types of processed sugar. Opt for organic or explicitly vegan brands when in doubt. Enjoy your vegan-friendly Paradise!

What is a Paradise Cocktail?

Paradise is a cocktail that combines gin, apricot brandy, and orange juice. Many appreciate its balanced flavors, and its origins trace back to the cocktail boom of the early 20th century. The name “Paradise” likely alludes to its harmonious blend of ingredients. Though it might sound like a sophisticated drink, any novice can appreciate its taste. Embracing this classic Paradise cocktail offers a timeless experience while its preparation remains straightforward. Furthermore, the Paradise cocktail is recognized as an official cocktail by the International Bartenders Association (IBA), affirming its status and popularity in the world of classic mixed drinks.

A Paradise cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a dark brown placemat with a straw and a jigger around, placed on a turquoise table.

What is a Paradise Cocktail made of – The ingredients

For mixing a Paradise cocktail, gather the following ingredients:

  • Gin: A distilled alcoholic drink that provides the base spirit for the cocktail. It lends a juniper-forward flavor profile.
  • Apricot Brandy: A sweet liqueur infused with apricots. It adds a fruity depth and a hint of sweetness to the cocktail.
  • Orange Juice: Squeezed from fresh oranges, this juice introduces a citrusy brightness and tang to the mix.

Gin, apricot Brandy, two oranges laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Paradise Cocktail?

Making a Paradise Cocktail is simple with our instructions:

1
<p>Start by chilling your cocktail glass with ice cubes, to ensure the drink remains cold for longer.</p>

Start by chilling your cocktail glass with ice cubes, to ensure the drink remains cold for longer.

2
<p>Combine the orange juice, apricot Brandy, and Gin in the cocktail shaker.</p>

Combine the orange juice, apricot Brandy, and Gin in the cocktail shaker.

3
<p>Combine the orange juice, apricot Brandy, and Gin in the cocktail shaker.</p>

Combine the orange juice, apricot Brandy, and Gin in the cocktail shaker.

4
<p>Combine the orange juice, apricot Brandy, and Gin in the cocktail shaker.</p>

Combine the orange juice, apricot Brandy, and Gin in the cocktail shaker.

5
<p>Add ice cubes to the shaker, filling it about halfway.</p>

Add ice cubes to the shaker, filling it about halfway.

6
<p>Shake the mixture vigorously to blend the ingredients and chill them thoroughly.</p>

Shake the mixture vigorously to blend the ingredients and chill them thoroughly.

7
<p>Once shaken, remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.</p>

Once shaken, remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.

8
<p>Fine-strain the cocktail into the chilled glass to remove any ice shards.</p>

Fine-strain the cocktail into the chilled glass to remove any ice shards.

9
<p>Optionally, garnish your cocktail with a lemon wheel.</p>

Optionally, garnish your cocktail with a lemon wheel.

10
<p>Enjoy your Paradise cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Paradise cocktail!

Paradise Cocktail with Vodka instead of Gin

Swapping vodka for gin in a Paradise cocktail makes a noticeable change in flavor. Gin carries distinct botanical notes, especially from juniper, which contributes a unique aromatic complexity to the drink. On the other hand, vodka presents a cleaner, neutral profile. When you use vodka in a Paradise, the resulting cocktail leans more on the flavors of the apricot brandy and orange juice, making the drink fruitier and less herbaceous. Vodka might be the way to go for those seeking a simpler, more straightforward taste. However, sticking with gin is advisable if you’re after the classic Paradise experience.

Best Gin for a Paradise Cocktail

Selecting the right gin can elevate your Paradise cocktail from good to outstanding. You’ll want a gin that balances well with this drink’s fruity undertones of apricot brandy and orange juice. With its crisp citrus notes, Tanqueray seamlessly blends into the cocktail, while Bombay Sapphire, boasting a delicate array of botanicals, adds depth without overpowering the other ingredients. However, I’d nudge you towards Beefeater if you’re keen on an unforgettable Paradise. Its vibrant juniper kick and subtle hints of citrus and spice perfectly harmonize with the cocktail’s character, making each sip an absolute delight. Remember, it’s all about finding that sweet spot of compatibility and personal preference.

A Paradise cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a dark brown placemat with a straw and a jigger around.

Can I use Rum for a Paradise Cocktail?

Switching rum for gin in a Paradise cocktail introduces a world of difference in the drink’s profile. Firstly, rum, especially if it’s a dark or aged variant, brings a sweet, molasses-like depth, contrasting with gin’s crisp botanical punch. While gin’s juniper-led profile adds a refreshing, piney sharpness, rum leans into a warmer, caramel-like undertone. This means when you mix rum with apricot brandy and orange juice, the Paradise becomes richer, perhaps reminiscent of tropical escapades. However, the herbal intricacies of gin, which dance beautifully with the fruity notes in the original, get lost when replaced with rum. Opting for rum might feel like a whole new drink experience that’s sweeter and more laid-back. It’s a bold twist, and while some may love the change, purists might long for the classic gin touch.

Variations

Keen on something new and exciting? We’ve got a few favorites you might enjoy:

  • Rainbow Paradise: This playful mix stands out with its vibrant layers of color, reminiscent of a rainbow. The layering technique used here not only creates a visual feast but also allows for a gradual blending of flavors as you sip. I’m particularly charmed by the visual appeal of this creation; it’s like sipping on a piece of art.
  • Tropical Breeze: This concoction brings together a delightful combination of tropical flavors. Its use of pineapple and coconut evokes the feeling of a gentle breeze on a sunny beach. I’m drawn to its ability to transport me to a tropical paradise with every sip, with the coconut’s richness perfectly complementing the pineapple’s tang.
  • Blue Paradise: With its striking blue hue, this blend makes a bold statement. The inclusion of blue curaçao not only imparts a vibrant color but also adds a sweet, slightly bitter orange flavor, creating a beautifully balanced taste profile. The bright color and the refreshing citrus notes make this one a memorable experience for me.
  • Tropical Sunset: This serves as a visual and flavorful representation of a sunset on a tropical island. The gradation of colors mirrors the sky at dusk, and the mix of citrus and sweet ingredients perfectly captures the essence of a serene evening. The way the flavors meld together, much like the colors of a sunset, offers a serene and enjoyable experience.

A side shot of Paradise cocktail in a cocktail glass on a dark brown placemat on a turquoise table with a jigger, a straw, and a shaker around, in from of a black blackground.

History and Origin

Like many classic drinks, the Paradise cocktail has its roots in the early 20th century. Historically, the Prohibition era in the United States sparked a significant boom in cocktail culture as people sought creative ways to enjoy and disguise the taste of spirits. Many sources attribute Paradise’s origin to this period.

The cocktail made its first documented appearance in Harry McElhone’s 1922 “Harry’s ABC of mixing cocktails” and later on in the famous “Savoy Cocktail Book” by Harry Craddock in 1930. Craddock, an influential bartender of his time, worked at the American Bar in the Savoy Hotel London. The publication of his book introduced many to the delightful blend of gin, apricot brandy, and orange juice that characterizes Paradise.

Interestingly, the name “Paradise” might derive from the harmonious blending of its ingredients, creating a heavenly taste that appealed to many. As with many classic cocktails, pinpointing its creation’s exact individual or location proves challenging. However, its presence in notable cocktail literature and its continued popularity speak volumes about its appeal and timeless quality.

A Paradise cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by a gin bottle, an apricot Brandy and two oranges.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Paradise drink?
A standard Paradise cocktail contains approximately 150-200 calories, though this can vary based on the exact measurements and brands of ingredients used.
How strong is the Paradise cocktail in terms of alcohol content?
The Paradise typically has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of about 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof, depending on the gin and apricot brandy used.
What type of alcohol is used in the Paradise cocktail?
The primary alcohols in Paradise are gin and apricot brandy.
In which type of glass is the Paradise usually served?
It's typically served in a cocktail glass.
What does a Paradise cocktail taste like?
The Paradise offers a harmonious blend of juniper-forward gin, sweet and fruity apricot brandy, and the citrusy brightness of orange juice.
What is the ratio of ingredients in Paradise?
A classic Paradise maintains an equal ratio: one part gin, one part apricot brandy, and one part orange juice.
How is the Paradise cocktail usually served in terms of ice?
The cocktail is often shaken with ice and then strained, serving it "up" without ice in the glass.

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