Most of us know and love mint-packed Mojitos and Juleps, but all kinds of cocktails will perk up when herbs and fruits or berries are added to the mix.
In this recipe I transformed a famous Apricot Sour martini, one of my favorites, to a very flavorful, fragrant and strong but still refreshing cocktail.
3 to 4, depending of the size of your glasses
For the mint simple syrup
• 1 cup fresh mint leaves
• 1 cup organic sugar or honey, I used 1/4 cup Organic Blue Agave sweetener
Combine all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to boil on medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar or the sweetener you use dissolves. Lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes; then of the heat cover and let steep for 20 minutes.
Strain the syrup; squish all the yumminess out of the mint and now rehydrated apricots and cherries. Let cool to room temperature and then chill until ready to make the cocktails. You can store it in the fridge for about two weeks.
For the Apricot Brandy Sour
Pour the apricot brandy, lemon and orange juices and minty syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with as much or as little ice cubes you like. Shake well, and strain into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with fresh apricot, cherries and mint leaves; serve and enjoy.