Apricot compote with Scotch whisky and ice cream

Apricot compote with Scotch whisky and ice cream

To me, no other fruits evoke summer as much as apricots do. Perhaps it is because of my trips to Tuscany and Provence where I discovered how intense their flavor could be, which made the supermarket apricots I’d been buying all my life taste like aliens!

Now, I restrain myself and wait until I can buy them from our local orchard.

Once I have my fill of eating them on their own, I like to make a quick compote with them. Served with ice cream, it becomes an elegant dessert for a dinner party. But it’s also incredibly delicious with yogurt, with a slice of pound cake or even for breakfast on top of pancakes.

One more thing, you can make this compote with other summer fruits: cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums… It is incredibly versatile and delicious to boot.

And don’t be tempted to skimp on the whisky – it makes this simple compote no less than sinful!


Apricot compote with Scotch whisky and ice cream

serves 4
active time: 15 min

  1. 1 1/4 lbs (565 g) ripe apricots – pitted and cut in 1/4″ slices
  2. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  3. 1/4 cup organic sugar
  4. 1/3 cup blended Scotch whisky (or Cognac)
  1. 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  2. lemon balm or mint leaves as garnish

  1. Step 1: Place the apricot slices in a medium heavy bottomed pan. Add the lemon juice and sugar and heat over medium-high heat. Stir well and fast-simmer for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time. The apricots will release their juices and the sauce will become foamy. Turn off the heat, add the whisky and stir well. Transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature.
  2. Step 2: Scoop the ice cream into dessert bowls. Top with the apricot compote. Garnish with a lemon balm or mint leaf. Serve immediately.
  3. Cook’s note: The compote can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Apricot compote with Scotch whisky and ice cream

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  • Reply ALT January 14, 2020 at 1:41 am


    Can you freeze the compote?


    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre March 5, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      Hello Alt, Although I haven’t tried it, freezing this compote will probably work. Enjoy!

  • Reply Beverly Green June 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    would this work well as a filling for crumble?

  • Reply mjskit June 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I just talked to a friend of mine this morning whose apricot trees are LOADED. Headed over tomorrow to pick some so I will be making this! I have everything for it, including the Scotch Whiskey! Love all of your Father’s Day ideas!

    • Reply Viviane June 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Happy apricot picking Mj… and of course a big thank you for your kinds words!

  • Reply Pat June 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    This looks like the perfect treatment for our moisture-challenged high desert apricots … Will go to the farmers market in the morning to pick up a bag. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply Viviane June 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Pat! I bet your high desert apricots are stunningly flavorful though… I wish I could taste them!

  • Reply Amy @ fragrantvanillacake June 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    This sounds wonderful! You cannot go wrong with booze, ice cream and fruit! What a wonderful use for fresh apricots!

    • Reply Viviane June 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Amy! I’m with you on that trio: “booze, ice cream and fruit!”. Marvelous aren’t they?

  • Reply Ansh June 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I was wondering what to do with the apricots that I bought. I always buy too many of those. They bring back memories of home.

    Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

    • Reply Viviane June 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you so much Ansh… Enjoy your apricots!

  • Reply Parsley Sage June 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Fabulous video, darling! This is a lovely, elegant dish for those delicious apricots 🙂


    • Reply Viviane June 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Parsley Sage! You are too wonderful for words… You know you get my “buzzes” right back! Thank you so much.

  • Reply Mary Lynn July 22, 2009 at 11:02 am

    This looks amazing! I love apricots–and what an easy way to dress up a dessert! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Reply Q. July 17, 2009 at 9:26 am

    That photo is beautiful! It almost looks like a painting! Whiskey + apricots = boozy deliciousness.

  • Reply arimou0 July 16, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Hmm that’s a delicious way to eat apricots and that picture is so nice!

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