This drink pays homage to Harry Craddock’s 1930 classic Paradise cocktail. The original calls for apricot brandy, though the Paradise Lost relies on the much higher proof of Everclear® to achieve pure apricot flavor and blended scotch adds another layer of complexity to highlight the stone fruit and citrus notes of the ingredients. Cocktail and tincture recipe by Eamon Rockey from Betony in NYC.

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Paradise Lost cocktail recipe with Apricot Tincture presented by Everclear.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 oz. blended scotch whiskey
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 14 oz. lemon juice
  • 14 oz. Apricot Tincture


  1. Combine all ingredients and shake with ice until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and finish with an orange twist.

Apricot Tincture

  • 4 oz. Everclear®
  • 4 dried apricots, chopped
  • 8 white peppercorns
  • 1 green cardamom pod
  • 1 clove


  1. Combine all ingredients and let macerate for 24 hours. Strain and store at room temperature.