Apricot Rhyme Recipe

Apricot Rhyme Recipe

[Photo: 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.

  • Yield:1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:3 days


  • 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. 1.

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

  2. 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. 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.