Apricot-Amaretto Fizz

I brought home a big basket of apricots this week and have been enjoying playing with them in all sorts of sweet and savoury ways. I love their mild, gently sweet flavour and thought they just might make a tasty base for a cocktail, given that fresh fruit and alcohol often go so well together. I was right. This drink is a tad sweeter than I generally prefer but the flavour is balanced and really quite lovely. It occurred to me while taste-testing that this cocktail would be ideal to enjoy as an after-dinner digestif, perhaps with a cheese plate – apricots and cheese are a classic pairing. For an equally-tasty variation on this drink, substitute the soda water with dry sparkling wine. Cheers!

Apricots and amaretto are a match made in flavour heaven!

Apricots and amaretto are a match made in flavour heaven!

Ingredients

For the Apricot Syrup:
1 cup chopped apricots (about 2 large)
½ cup white sugar
½ cup water
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the cocktail:
1.5 ounces (45 mL) Amaretto
1.5 ounces (45 mL) apricot syrup
½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
ice cubes
soda water

Method

For the Apricot Syrup:

  • Combine apricots, sugar, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, for 15 to 20 minutes, until fruit is very soft and liquid has become syrupy.
  • Strain, pressing down on fruit a little to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use (you want it to be cool or cold when you prepare your drinks).

Makes approximately ½ cup of syrup. Can be refrigerated for up to one week or frozen for up to three months.

For the cocktail:

  • Put 4 – 5 ice cubes in a tumbler.
  • Add amaretto, apricot syrup and lemon juice.
  • Fill to within ½ inch (1.75 cm) of the top of the glass with soda water.
  • Stir gently.
  • Garnish with a wedge of fresh apricot or a twist of lemon.

Makes one cocktail.

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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