Apricot-amaretto fizz

Refreshing, delicious cocktail or mocktail!

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!


For the apricot syrup:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped apricots (about 2 large)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the cocktail:

  • 1.5 ounces (45 mL) Amaretto
  • 1.5 ounces (45 mL) apricot syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ice cubes
  • soda water


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 – 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 1/2 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 1/2 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.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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