Paradise Cocktail Recipe

Escape to paradise with every sip of the Paradise cocktail. This is a delicious classic drink that will quench your thirst on a hot day. 

It features gin, apricot brandy and orange juice. It’s simple, but delicious, and so easy to learn how to make at home for get-togethers and cocktail parties.

The History of the Paradise Cocktail Recipe

Like many classic cocktails, the origins of the this cocktail are somewhat murky. However, it is believed to have emerged during the early 1930s, in a time when gin cocktails were becoming increasingly popular.

One theory traces its roots back to Harry Craddock’s “The Savoy Cocktail Book,” which was published in 1930 and includes a recipe for a similar drink called the “Paradise Punch.” It made its pop culture debut in  the 1932 film One Way Passage.

What Makes This Cocktail Unique?

What sets it apart is its use of apricot brandy and orange juice, which provides a sweet and tangy taste that is hard to resist.

It also includes gin, which plays a key part in adding depth and complexity to the flavor without overpowering the other ingredients.

If you want to experience all these unique flavors in one glass, then making this cocktail is an excellent choice. Its distinctive taste will leave you wanting more and make it an ideal beverage for any occasion or celebration.

Gathering Your Ingredients: What You Need to Make It

This cocktail can be made with just a few simple ingredients. To create this refreshing cocktail, you need:

  • Gin
  • Apricot Brandy
  • Orange Juice

The key ingredient in this cocktail is, without doubt, the gin. You can use any gin you like the taste of. Historically, this drink would have been made with a London dry gin. 

But feel free to try others. If you need a suggestion, you can’t go wrong with Bombay Sapphire.

How to Serve the Paradise Cocktail: Ideas and Suggestions

Now that you’ve mastered the art of making this cocktail, it’s time to learn how to serve it properly. Here are some ideas and suggestions that will make your cocktail experience even better:

Add a Tropical Umbrella

No tropical drink is complete without a colorful umbrella! Adding an umbrella to your glass not only makes it look festive and fun, but it also adds an extra touch of paradise.

Garnish with Pineapple or Cherry

For an added burst of flavor and visual appeal, garnish your Paradise cocktail with a slice of pineapple or cherry. This simple addition will bring out the tropical flavors in your drink and impress your guests.

Serve with a Side of Fresh Fruit

For an even more tropical experience, serve this cocktail with a side dish of fresh fruit. This can include sliced mangoes, papayas, or pineapples. Not only will it be visually appealing but eating fresh fruit alongside this delicious beverage will elevate its flavors even more!

The way you serve your paradise is entirely up to you! You could go all out by serving in coconut shells or hollowed-out pineapples for added effect! The

Best Food Pairings for the Paradise Cocktail

An excellent option for pairing with this cocktail is seafood, particularly dishes that feature fresh, tangy ingredients like ceviche or grilled shrimp skewers. The bright acidity of these dishes perfectly balances out the sweetness of the drink while highlighting its flavors.

If seafood isn’t your thing, consider pairing it with coconut-based dishes like coconut shrimp or coconut rice which will contrast nicely with the strong orange flavor with hints of apricot.

A Ticket to Paradise at Your Fingertips

This drink is truly a little bit of paradise. It has a rich history and unique flavor that transports you. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply enjoying a refreshing drink on a hot summer day, the Paradise Cocktail is great for most any occasion.

Paradise cocktail in coupe glass
Yield: 1 drink

Paradise Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Paradise cocktail recipe is a classic with gin, apricot brandy and orange juice. It's simple, but delicious, and so easy to make. Serve in a martini glass.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce apricot brandy
  • 1 ounce orange juice


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.

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