Eating a perfectly ripe apricot is one of life’s great pleasures, especially if you do it on National Apricot Day. Yes, there is indeed a day for the fruit that resembles peaches and nectarines. On 9 January, aka National Apricot Day, you are encouraged to add this fruit to your diet while you learn about the goodness that comes with apricots.
Apricots ripen in the early summer, but they’re quite commonly dried so that way we can enjoy them year-round. The word ‘apricot’ in Latin purportedly means “precious”, but further investigation reveals that while this moniker is appropriate, it actually comes from Arabic ‘al barqūq’ (“early ripe”) via French ‘abricot’.
Apricots can be found all over the world. However, they originate from the North East area of China, close to the Russian border. There are a lot of benefits that are associated with eating apricots. This fruit is an excellent source of both Vitamin A and Vitamin B. It also presents you with a good way of adding some more water to your diet. This is because roughly 86 percent of an apricot is water. The rest of the fruit is fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
Alcoholic drinks that goes well with apricots
To celebrate National Apricot Day, we recommend an apricot-themed day, where you incorporate apricots into various alcoholic beverages. While it may not be the first fruit you think of in the bar, apricot is a fantastic flavor for mixed drinks. Many apricot cocktails use apricot brandy, though you’ll also find recipes that use apricot liqueur, apricot nectar, and fresh apricots.
Apricots pair well with a variety of fruits, including citrus fruits like lemon and orange, as well as pineapple. For spirits, you’ll find classic cocktails with gin, whiskey, and rum. It’s also a surprisingly good companion for vodka and you can even give homemade apricot liqueur a try.
Mix up an apricot sunray cocktai when you’re looking for a drink that celebrates the apricot like no other. It’s a brandy and Champagne fruit punch that features apricot liqueur and apricot nectar and slices of fresh apricots. To complement all that apricot, you’ll also want a few lemons and blood oranges.
- 1/2 (750-milliliter) bottle cognac
- 1 (750-milliliter) bottle sparkling wine
- 3 cups apricot liqueur
- 1 1/2 cups apricot nectar
- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 6 to 7 lemons
- 4 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice, from 12 blood oranges
- 4 to 6 apricots, thinly sliced
- 5 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1 blood orange, thinly sliced
- In a large punch bowl or pitcher, add all of the ingredients and stir with ice. Enjoy!
Fancy something to eat? Give this Tequila and Apricot Drumsticks recipe a try.