The Lady Killer drink recipe tastes mainly like pineapple and passion fruit juices, but with hints of orange, apricot and some citrus-herbal notes from the gin. It’s – literally – a pretty sweet drink, but most of the sweetness comes from fruit juices rather than liqueurs. And that makes it a refreshing, fruity cocktail.
This is also a recipe you can tweak – changing ingredient ratios won’t change the overall flavor, but will emphasize different notes. A little more gin and less fruit juice will make it less sweet. A little more Cointreau makes it a tiny bit more tart, especially if you compensate by lowering the amount of apricot brandy.
What makes this one really special is the passion fruit juice. Nothing else tastes quite like it.
This is a drink to relax with. It’s great for guests, or for a date where you’re serving up the cocktails. It’s a pretty likeable drink for most people – even those who don’t love gin. Be sure to pick a quality gin, since that makes a difference – Bombay Sapphire is a nice, smooth choice.
This drink calls for half an ounce of apricot brandy, a spirit which has a fairly bad reputation for tasting cloyingly sweet and medicinal. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that some of my local stores don’t even carry any apricot brandy at all, and I have to special order. The trick is to pick a better brand for just a few more dollars – check out this review of three brands from Serious Eats.
Lady Killer Drink Recipe
- 1 ounce dry gin
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce apricot brandy
- 2 ounces passion fruit juice
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
Shake everything together with ice in a shaker. Put some crushed ice into a champagne flute and strain the mixture into the glass. Garnish with a cherry.