Drinking in Season: Apricot and Mint Cocktail

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.

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Drinking in Season: Apricot and Mint Cocktail

About This Recipe

Yield:1
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:Cocktail shaker, muddler, cocktail strainer and mini fine-mesh strainer

Ingredients

  • 3 small ripe apricots, cut in half, pits removed
  • 4 mint leaves
  • Ice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin, like Hendrick's
  • For garnish: 1 mint sprig

Procedures

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin. Shake for 10 seconds.

  3. 3

    Using both the cocktail strainer and a mini strainer, pour the cocktail into a serving glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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