Finally, apricots are popping up at my local farmers’ market. Admittedly, my favorite way to enjoy them is on the spot, standing steps away from the vendor’s booth, juice sticking to my cheeks.
To take advantage of the fruit’s natural, mildly floral sweetness, I also love the idea of using it to flavor alcohol. The Apricot-Thyme Gin recipe below makes an infused spirit that’s ideal for simple summer beverages. Pour it over ice and add a splash of soda water to create a refreshing cocktail.
3 apricots, halved or quartered
3 fresh thyme sprigs
2 cups gin
Have ready a clean, widemouthed 1-quart jar and its lid. Rinse the apricots and thyme and pat dry. Pour the gin into the jar, add the apricots and thyme, and gently push down to submerge them. Wipe the rim clean and seal tightly with the lid. Store the jar in a cool, dark place, shaking it every day.
After a week, taste the gin. If it hasn’t reached the desired flavor, shake and taste it every day or two until you’re satisfied with the flavor. Strain the gin mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or paper coffee filter, and discard the apricots and thyme. Return the strained gin to the jar and seal tightly with the lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Makes 2 cups.