Apricot Rhyme Recipe

Maggie Hoffman

Rye plus thyme (rhyme, get it?). This cocktail from Ryan Gannon of The Spotted Pig is herbal on the nose, more fruit-forward on the finish.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • For the apricot infused rye:
  • 7 ounces dried apricots
  • 750 mL rye
  • For the thyme simple syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • fistful fresh thyme
  • For the cocktail:
  • ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces apricot infused rye
  • 3/4 ounce thyme simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth such as Dolin
  • lemon wedge
  • garnish: thyme sprig


  1. For apricot infused rye: Combine dried apricots and rye in an airtight jar and let sit for 3 days. Strain out fruit.

  2. For the thyme simple syrup: Bring 1 cup water to a simmer, stir in sugar until dissolved. Add a fistful of fresh thyme. Once cool, pour syrup with thyme into a resealable jar, steep 24 hours before removing thyme.

  3. For the cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces apricot infused rye, 3/4 ounce thyme simple syrup, 1/2 ounce dry vermouth, and squeezed lemon wedge (add peel to shaker.) Shake well, strain into ice-filled rocks glass, garnish with sprig of thyme.