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KGB
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4 / 5
The KGB is a cocktail that presents a rich blend of fruit flavors set against the crisp backdrop of gin. The foundation of the drink relies on a generous pouring ... more The KGB is a cocktail that presents a rich blend of fruit flavors set against the crisp backdrop of gin. The foundation of the drink relies on a generous pouring of gin which is then sweetened and complexed with the fruity notes of apricot brandy and cherry liqueur. The ingredients harmonize to create a depth of flavor that is at once bold and nuanced, likely offering a sweetly aromatic sip with a sophisticated edge. Traditionally served in a cocktail glass, this drink encapsulates the elegance of classic cocktails while delivering a potent fruity punch. Its name might stir a sense of intrigue, reminiscent of the infamous Russian secret service agency, which could suggest this cocktail has a mysterious or powerful character.
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Base ingredient
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Gin
Garnish
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Lemon
Alcohol content
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34.13% | 3.34 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
60ml 2oz 6cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

KGB offers a striking balance of botanical gin with sweet apricot brandy and cherry liqueur, blending fruitiness with a sharp, spirit-forward base. The result is a sophisticated cocktail that intrigues with both its name and its rich, layered flavors.

Method
How to make a KGB

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Combine all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Add a twist of lemon to garnish and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Twist  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute a different type of brandy if I don’t have apricot brandy for the KGB cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute apricot brandy with another fruit-flavored brandy, such as peach or apple brandy, although it will slightly alter the flavor profile of the cocktail. If you're looking for a non-brandy alternative, a fruit-flavored liqueur in a similar taste profile could also work, but be mindful of the sweetness it may add.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What’s the best method to chill the cocktail glass for serving the KGB?

The best method to chill a cocktail glass for serving the KGB is by placing the glass in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes before serving. If you're short on time, filling the glass with ice and cold water and letting it sit for a few minutes will also effectively chill the glass.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What garnish would best complement the flavors of the KGB cocktail?

A lemon twist or a cherry can be used as garnishes for the KGB cocktail. Both complement its flavors well, with the lemon twist adding a zesty aroma that balances the sweetness of the apricot brandy and cherry liqueur, and the cherry enhancing the cocktail's fruity components.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in the KGB compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 34.13%, the KGB cocktail is slightly stronger than many standard cocktails, which typically range from 20% to 30% alcohol by volume (ABV). Its content is boosted by the presence of gin as the primary spirit, making it a stronger choice for those who prefer a more potent drink.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can the KGB cocktail be made sweeter or less sweet according to personal preference?

Yes, the sweetness of the KGB cocktail can be adjusted by varying the amount of cherry liqueur and apricot brandy. For a sweeter drink, you can slightly increase the amounts of these liqueurs. Conversely, for a less sweet version, reduce the amounts of cherry liqueur and apricot brandy, or consider adding a splash of club soda or lemon juice to balance the sweetness.

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