Happy Apéritif Friday, friends! Come along with me today and sip on an Apricot Martini. And yes – you may stay in your jammies all day. I am!
Confession time: Nearly every day I scrounge for a little snack at about 2:00 p.m. I don’t need anything substantial, but I usually find myself staring into the depths of the pantry looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ in the mid afternoon.
Time and again I reach for the shelf on the pantry’s right where I keep all the nuts and dried fruits. They’re great for snacking – way better than processed snacks – and when consumed in moderation, they fix my sweet cravings immediately. A small handful of almonds or pecans, a couple of dried apricots or dates, maybe a good cup of tea, and I’m good to go until dinnertime.
My affinity for these little nuggets got me wondering. What if I make a simple syrup with them, then dump it into a martini?
Woof woof. The result is light but powerful – particularly in martini form. If the thought of 3 ounces of booze is too much for you in a single glass, then lower it to 1 or 2 and pour more seltzer water over.
Tonight I’ll be sipping this one by the Christmas tree, but I can tell you what won’t be on my TV.
That blasted Hallmark or Lifetime channel. How do people do it? And watch that filth? Those sappy, far-fetched, unrealistic Christmas love stories? Pure rubbish. Give me a good book, loads of silence, comfy clothes and this baby in my hand and it’s all I need for a great night leading up to family fun over the next several days. If you’re not a fan of the hefty cocktail, pour some of the syrup over some ice cream or gelato. YUM!
Merry Christmas to you all. Thanks for showing up, reading, and continuing to support my efforts here. I love you all!
- 3 oz dried apricots (about 15)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- For the martini:
- 1 oz apricot simple syrup
- 3 oz top shelf vodka (I recommend Purity Vodka)
- 1 oz sparkling water
- 1 apricot from the simple syrup
- To make the simple syrup, combine the first three ingredients in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar.
- Remove from the heat and cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- To make the cocktail, combine the simple syrup, vodka, and water and stir together over ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with one of the apricots from the syrup.