Apricot Brandy Anyone?

by Bridget
(Simi Valley, CA, USA)

We have two huge apricot trees in our back yard, and I was wondering if anyone has any FANTASTIC recipes for homemade apricot brandy that I can make for homemade gift-giving. I've found a bunch online, but you never know how it's going to turn out and I don't want to wast the time or supplies to make some yucky-blob brandy.

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Re: Apricot Brandy Recipe
by: Jesika

Hi Bridget,

I've never made apricot brandy but I can tell you that when I have extra fruit that is nice and ripe, I sometimes make a simple vodka infusion by removing stems, seeds and usually the skin and then slicing and soaking the fruit in the vodka for several weeks. The more fruit and the longer it sits, the more flavor it will have. Once the vodka is VERY strong with fruity flavor, I strain out the fruit with a cheesecloth.

I then make a sugar syrup (one part water and two parts sugar boiled for a few minutes and allowed to cool) and combine the infused vodka with the syrup until it tastes great. I then allow everything to rest together in a glass jar placed in a cool dark place for a few more days. At this point, you've got a delicious homemade fruit cordial/liqueur ready for a beautiful glass bottle and a happy and satisfied gift recipient.

Anyone else?

By the way, delightfully jealous of your apricot trees, what a joy they must be! (We're surrounded by apple and pear trees here!)

Very simple brandy
by: Beth

I have a very simple brandy recipe that is very similar to Jesika's. I wash and cut up whatever really ripe fruit or berries I might have. In a clean mason jar I place about a cup or so of fruit with about 3/4 cup of regular white sugar depending on what type of fruit, for ex: I have big current bushes in my backyard and I find that 3/4 cup of sugar in the current brandy is still kinda tart so normally I add simple syrup as needed when I filter out the fruit. After fruit and sugar is in the jar I cover with a vodka, I use Russian prince or prince Igor and leave in a nice sunny place for 2 to 3 months shaking up the mixture about once a week. Then when it is good and ready, I filter out the fruit with a strainer and filter once again through a coffee filter, a very time consuming process. Then I let it sit again in a nice sunny place for another 2 to 3 months. Then enjoy.

Our Apricot Brandy Recipe
by: Kristen

My family has apricots too and we have a favorite recipe:

1 lb fresh apricots (usually about 8)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups vodka
1 cup brandy
simple sugar syrup

Cut apricots in half and remove pits. For a nutty taste, put pits in plastic bag and break with hammer to remove nuts. Discard shells. Put apricots plus nuts in large jar and cover with liquor. Steep for a couple weeks shaking here and there. Remove apricots and strain liquid. Let sit for a few days until cleared and particles are settled. Carefully pour clear liquid into a new clean bottle leaving the sentiment behind. Filter one more time through a coffee filter or something similar. Make simple syrup by boiling 1 cup water and 2 cups sugar for 5 minutes. Cool syrup and add it all or add to your taste. Let sit one more time in a cool cupboard for 2 to 3 months and then enjoy. We sip ours straight!

apricot brandy easy cheap delicious
by: Anonymous

Fill a gallon jar with ripe apricots washed and pricked with a fork,(cut, whole, pitted, it doesn't matter) add 4 cups of sugar on top. Add a fifth of cheap vodka.
Close and put in a dark place for at least 3 months. About every third day flip the jar but don't open it.
Mark your calendar for the timing and leave yourself a note to remember to flip. I put mine in a brown bag in the laundry room and flipped with every wash. Strain and filter till it's as clear as you like. This takes a while but its worth it.

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