We are so close to barbecue season I swear I can taste it! I’ve already got a million and one ideas floating around my head to celebrate the upcoming warmth and sunshine. But at the forefront: Rebekah and Carlene’s recipe for apricot and ginger cocktails. It’s essentially sunshine in a glass which makes this beauty a no brainer!

Apricot Tea and Ginger CocktailA refreshing spring treat
prep time
20 Minute/s
cook time
total time
20 Minute/s
Serves 1Ingredients
  • FOR THE TEA
  • 2 chunks crystalized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon apricot jam
  • 1-2 dried apricots, punctured
  • 1.5 teaspoons loose oolong tea
  • FOR THE GINGER SIMPLE SYRUP
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 organic ginger cluster, washed and sliced thin (Slice the root across the grain of the fibers, into coin size pieces)
  • FOR THE TINCTURE
  • 6 oz. (approx. 1 cup) of your favorite cognac or brandy
  • Orange peel of 1 whole orange, diced into small pieces
  • ½ cup dried apricots, diced into small pieces
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise (do not scrape)
  • FOR THE COCKTAIL
  • 2 oz. Kettle One Vodka
  • 2 oz. Apricot and Orange Brandy Tincture
  • 1 oz. Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz. Ginger Apricot Tea, brewed and cooled to room temperature
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Sliced lemon for garnish
Instructions
  1. FOR THE TEA
  2. Place ingredients (except for the jam) in cheesecloth or a tea ball. Steep in 8 ounces hot water for 5 minutes. Remove sachet and stir in jam.
  3. FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP
  4. Combine ingredients in a pot over high heat. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Allow to cool before using. This simple syrup will last in the refrigerator for 4 weeks (with 1 oz. of vodka it can be stored for up to 3 months).
  5. Optional: Heat 1 cup honey or rice syrup with ginger and allow to infuse 2-3 days for use in place of sugar syrup.
  6. FOR THE TINCTURE
  7. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and let soak for 2 to 3 days. The brandy acts as a preservative for the fruit allowing the tincture to last for 6-8 weeks.
  8. FOR THE COCKTAIL
  9. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for a minute or two until well blended. Serve in martini glasses with a lemon garnish.

Photography: Yvonne Rock | Styling And Recipe Development: Carlene Thomas RD, LD | Styling And Recipe Development : Rebekah Pizana