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Fruit Flavour Combinations for Cocktails

A Mixologist's Study of Flavors

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Fruit Flavour Combinations for Cocktails

Fruit Flavour Combinations for Cocktails

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After some years creating and tasting cocktails I came up with an extensive survey on "Fruit flavour combinations" .This guide simply shows you the best combination of fruit flavors with others. From there you can take ideas and start to play with some spirits and easily create some great cocktail recipes.
  • Almond pairs well with:
    apple, apricot, banana, caramel, cherry, coffee, fig, honey, orange, peach, pear, plum

  • Apple pairs well with:
    caramel, cardamom, chestnut, cinnamon, cranberry, currant, ginger, hazelnut, mango, maple, rosemary, walnut

  • Apricot pairs well with:
    almond, black pepper, caramel, cardamom, ginger, hazelnut, honey, orange, peach, vanilla, plum, Sauternes, wine

  • Asian Pear pairs well with:
    almond, apple, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, honey, macadamia, nutmeg, raisin, vanilla

  • Banana pairs well with:
    brandy, caramel, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, dark rum, ginger, hazelnut, honey, Madeira wine, mango, molasses, papaya

  • Blackberry pairs well with:
    apricot, black pepper, champagne, cinnamon, citrus, hazelnut, lemon, other berries, peach, plum, Port wine

  • Blood Orange pairs well with:
    almond, cardamom, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, fig, ginger, honey, other citrus

  • Blueberry pairs well with:
    lemon verbena, other berries, cardamom, mango, lemon, hazelnut, ginger, fig, lavender, other citrus,

  • Carrot pairs well with:
    anise, brandy, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, walnut

  • Cherry pairs well with:
    apricot, black pepper, chocolate, citrus, nectarine, peach, plum, Port wine, vanilla

  • Chestnut pairs well with:
    apple, caramel, chocolate, coffee, pear, vanilla

  • Cilantro (coriander) pairs well with:
    apricot, berries, cherries, citrus, nectarine, peach, plum, tropical fruit

  • Coconut pairs well with:
    banana, Brazil nut, caramel, chocolate, citrus, Kaffir leaf, lemongrass, pineapple, other tropical fruits

  • Cranberry pairs well with:
    apple, chocolate, cinnamon, citrus, mango, mint, pear

  • Currants, Black and Red, pairs well with:
    cassis, chocolate, citrus, dark rum, Port wine, sloe gin

  • Elderberry pairs well with:
    apricot, fig, honey, lemon, mandarin, other berries, peach, plum

  • Feijoa pairs well with:
    banana, berries, cinnamon, citrus, mango, vanilla

  • Fig pairs well with:
    almond, black pepper, cinnamon, citrus, hazelnut, pear, Port wine, vanilla

  • Ginger pairs well with:
    almond, apple, apricot, banana, berries, Brazil nut, caramel, chocolate, citrus, coconut, grape, hazelnut, passion fruit, peach, pear, pineaple, plum, tropical fruit

  • Gooseberry pairs well with:
    citrus, hazelnut, honey, other berries, white chocolate

  • Grape pairs well with:
    brandy, chocolate, citrus, ginger, raisin

  • Grapefruit pairs well with:
    basil, black pepper, caramel, citrus, mint, rosemary, thyme, tropical fruit, vanilla

  • Guava pairs well with:
    citrus, coconut, huckleberry, kaffir leaf, pineapple, strawberry, tropical fruit

  • Hazelnut pairs well with:
    apple, apricot, banana, berries, caramel, cherry, chocolate, citrus, fig, mandarin, peach, pear, plum

  • Kaffir Leaf pairs well with:
    banana, citrus, coconut, lemongrass, tropical fruit, watermelon

  • Kiwi pairs well with:
    apple, banana, berries, cherry, citrus, coconut, mango, tropical fruit

  • Kumquat pairs well with:
    berries, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, persimmon, plum

  • Lemon pairs well with:
    apricot, berries, black pepper, cardamom, cherry, citrus, ginger, nectarine, peach, plum, prickly pear, tropical fruit

  • Lemongrass pairs well with:
    cherry, berries, citrus, coconut, ginger ,guava, kaffir leaf, coconut, tropical fruit, vanilla

  • Lime pairs well with:
    apple, berries, cherry, ginger, papaya, plum, strawberry, tropical fruit

  • Lychee pairs well with:
    citrus, ginger, gooseberry, tropical fruit, vanilla

  • Mandarin pairs well with:
    cardamom, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, fig, ginger, nutmeg, tropical fruits, vanilla, star anise

  • Mango pairs well with:
    apple, banana, berries, caramel, citrus, coconut, melon, Sauternes, tropical fruits, vanilla

  • Melon pairs well with:
    berries, champagne, citrus, lemongrass, lemon verbena

  • Orange pairs well with:
    almonds, basil, berries, brandy, cherry, chocolate, cilantro, cinnamon, coffee, cranberry, fig, ginger, grape, hazelnut, mint, nutmeg, persimmon, pineapple, vanilla

  • Papaya pairs well with:
    citrus, black pepper, lime, mango, tropical fruit

  • Pear pairs well with:
    almond, apple, caramel, chestnut, chocolate, cinnamon, citrus, ginger, hazelnut, Port wine, vanilla, walnut

  • Persimmon pairs well with:
    apple, black pepper, cinnamon, citrus, kumquat, pear

  • Pineapple pairs well with:
    basil, caramel, cilantro, coconut, macadamia, rosemary, rum, tropical fruit

  • Plum pairs well with:
    almond, cinnamon, citrus, chestnut, black pepper, hazelnut, honey, Port wine, vanilla

  • Pomegranate pairs well with:
    apple, citrus, cucumber, mint, tropical fruit

  • Prickly Pear pairs well with:
    citrus, lime, tomatillo, tropical fruit

  • Raspberry pairs well with:
    apricot, cinnamon, citrus, ginger, lemon, nectarine, other berries, peach, plum, rhubarb, thyme, vanilla

  • Rhubarb pairs well with:
    apple, apricot, berries, black pepper, citrus, ginger, nectarine, peach, plum, strawberry

  • Strawberry pairs well with:
    apple, black pepper, chocolate, citrus, coriander, mint, rhubarb, vanilla

  • Tomatillo pairs well with:
    berries, citrus, mango, prickly pear, tropical fruit

  • Walnut pairs well with:
    apple, apricot, banana, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, rum
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