Take advantage of the season with this fabulous fruit mojito
Apricot season is very short-lived, and you have to make the most of it. So aside from eating them on their own (or in sumptuous desserts), why not enjoy them in cocktails — as in this mojito?
Here the aromatic fruits are muddled with lemon balm and mint to make a truly refreshing, seasonal libation.
Apricot mojito with lemon balm
active time: 10 min
- 1/2 large lime – cut in 1/4″ pieces
- 6 large lemon balm leaves
- 4 large mint leaves
- 3 teaspoons organic sugar
- 2 medium ripe apricots – pit removed and cut in 1″ pieces
- 3 oz (90 ml) light rum
- 3/4 oz (20 ml) apricot liqueur or Cognac
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- club soda or sparkling water
- lemon balm or mint as garnish
- Step 1: Place the lime, lemon balm, mint and sugar in a mixing glass. Using a muddler, crush the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved and the lime has released its juice. Add the apricot pieces and continue muddling until apricot is completely mashed. Add the rum, liqueur and bitters. Add several large ice cubes and shake vigorously until chilled.
- Step 2: Fill 2 tumblers with ice. Strain the mixture into the glasses. Top with a little club soda or sparkling water (the proportion should be 3 parts drink to 1 part club soda). Garnish with a lemon balm leaf or mint leaf and serve.
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This sounds amazing. My lemon balm is up and vigorous. I look forward to making this, I love Apricots! I wanted to share with you a drink we made for a birthday dinner on my back patio, which I’m sure you would find a way to improve on…Spring rhubarb white wine sangria! Perhaps I should check you archives…maybe you already have one!
Oh, Niko! Your sangria sounds fabulous – right up my alley! I definitely don’t have a rhubarb sangria in my arsenal. I’ll have to work on one! My lemon balm is going gangbusters as well. I am really excited for you to try this mojito. Apricots started showing up at our farmers’ markets here a couple of weeks ago, and this year’s crop is tasting really delicious. Cheers!
I’m so hoping to get some fresh apricots soon, still a little early here. Turning a few into a mojito sounds like a great idea! The color is beautiful as I’m sure the flavor is awesome!
Thank you, MJ! The flavor is really awesome, especially if the apricots are super ripe. I hope your locally-grown apricots show up at your markets soon!
Very refreshing and tasty!
Thank you, Angie!
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I planted lemon balm this spring and it is very happy in my garden. For some reason the snails are ignoring it! Pairing apricots with the lemon balm is just inspired! What a marvelous mojito!
Thank you so much, Deb! I’ve had lemon balm in my garden for over 10 years now. It is a bionic plant! I find that is spreads very quickly and is resistant to all bugs and diseases. Plus it looks and taste gorgeous. May you enjoy yours for many years to come! Cheers!
Very interesting fruity mojito recipe. Would love it.
I love apricots but you are right the season is sadly all too short!