One of the true pleasures of summer is the arrival of stone fruit. I find apricots, with their vibrant blushing-orange color and sweet, fragrant flesh, irresistible at this time of year. Especially if we're talking cocktails.
The color alone creates a cocktail that might just make you do a double-take, but as we know, looks aren't everything. To balance the sweetness of the fruit, I paired it with mint and gin to bring in a fresh, herbal flavor. The resulting cocktail is not only a looker, but one that might have you thinking about a second date.
About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour, on eat make read. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.
- 3 small ripe apricots, cut in half, pits removed
- 4 mint leaves
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounce gin, like Hendrick's
- For garnish: 1 mint sprig
Muddle the apricots at the bottom of the cocktail shaker until completely broken down. Add mint and muddle lightly. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin. Shake for 10 seconds.
Using both the cocktail strainer and a mini strainer, pour the cocktail into a serving glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.