Tuesday, March 22

Apricot Cooler

The temperatures have been steadily in the 70's here in St. Louis, so it's with the summery weather that I'm experiencing this drink for the first time. Definitely made for the summer months.

Apricot Cooler:
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (or 1 tsp simple syrup)
  • 2 oz. Apricot Brandy
  • Club soda
In a 12 oz. Collins glass, put sugar and 2 oz. club soda, and stir. Fill with crushed ice, add apricot brandy and top with club soda. Garnish with orange twist or lemon twist (or both).

The term "cooler" is definitely apt, as this is mostly ice and club soda. With a product as heavy and flavorful as the apricot brandy that I have, it's really, really nice to dilute it with 8-10 oz. of water (of either the really cold or really bubbly varieties). The citrus twists add just a little hint of other fruit flavors and really carry the drink. The sugar is probably necessary, but the apricot brandy really is quite sweet. I suppose with nothing to counteract the sweetness, it's just up to the club soda to dilute things, but it's fairly delightful. I may be making quite a few of these in July and August.

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