The Paradise cocktail is another old standard, one of the International Bartender’s
Association’s “unforgettables.” It is one of the first drinks bartenders learn to make because despite its simplicity, the balance of ingredients has to be perfect. The gin must be weighted with an equal part of liqueur and orange juice to achieve the ideal flavour.
This drink is also one which features as the beverage of choice in many classic films. It practically has a starring role in the 1933 romantic saga One Way Passage.
Traditionally, the Paradise cocktail is classified as an aperitif. Because it is light and not too sweet, it is thought to be the perfect before-dinner drink and prepares the pallet for what’s to come.
Unfortunately, most “apricot brandy” you’ll find on the liquor store shelf is actually apricot flavoured liqueur. It isn’t made the way it was in the past, by fermenting apricot pulp and pits. This means that what you are tasting is likely a little sweeter than the drink was originally designed to taste. Even so, it remains a delightful aperitif.
Here’s what you need:
- 30ml Gin
- 15ml Apricot Brandy
- 15ml Orange Juice
- Chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the ingredients to the cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously.
- Remove the ice from the cocktail glass.
- Fill the glass with the contents of the cocktail shaker.