Apricots are in season right now and they have been making small appearances on the menu at my restaurant. Although I often associate stone fruits with fall, I am more than happy to see this beautiful creamy textured orange fruit accompany our dishes. Just thinking about them is making me salivate. So, in keeping with the season, I will be working on some apricot cocktails for our drink list.

Here are some ideas:

Apricot Smash
1/2 apricot
5 sprigs of chocolate mint
1/2 simple syrup
3/4 fresh lemon
2 oz bourbon
muddle fruit and mint, add bourbon and simple, serve over ice and top with soda.

Apricot Punch

1/2 apricot
3/4 fresh lime
3/4 pineapple juice
1/2 simple syrup
2 oz spiced rum
muddle apricot, add lemon, pineapple juice, syrup, and rum. shake and strain over ice. garnish with chocolate bitters.

Apricot Caipirinha
1/2 apricot
3 lime wedges
2 bar spoons sugar
2 oz cachaca
muddle fruit and sugar. add ice and cachaca. top with soda and garnish with a lime.

Claridge Cocktail- recipe from the Savoy Cocktail Book
1/3 dry gin
1/2 french vermouth
1/6 apricot brandy (sub muddled apricot and brandy)
1/6 couintreau
shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Depending on their success, I will take some photos of these drinks and add them to this post later.

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