Apricot Lady Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Apricot Lady is a classic cocktail that dates back to the Prohibition era. It is believed to have been created by Harry MacElhone, the legendary bartender at Harry's New York Bar in Paris. This fruity and elegant drink was a favorite among the fashionable crowd of the time and is still enjoyed by those who appreciate a well-crafted cocktail.

  • Origin: Prohibition era
  • Creator: Harry MacElhone
  • Popular among the fashionable crowd

How Apricot Lady Tastes?

The Apricot Lady is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The apricot brandy adds a rich, fruity sweetness, while the lemon juice provides a refreshing tang. The orange liqueur adds a hint of citrus, and the egg white gives the cocktail a smooth, creamy texture.

Interesting facts about Apricot Lady

  • The Apricot Lady is sometimes referred to as the 'cousin' of the more famous White Lady cocktail.
  • The original recipe called for gin, but it has since been replaced with apricot brandy in most modern versions.
  • The cocktail's name is derived from the apricot brandy, which gives it its distinctive fruity flavor and golden color.


Apricot Brandy:1.5 oz

The heart and soul of this cocktail, Apricot Brandy, provides a sweet and fruit-forward base. That 1.5 oz is just enough to let the apricot shine without turning your drink into a fruit basket overflow. Skip it, and you're no longer at the Apricot bar.

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Orange Liqueur:0.5 oz

Orange Liqueur adds a zesty depth and complexity, it's like the best supporting actor in a cocktail drama - not stealing the spotlight, but the show wouldn't be the same without it. Go overboard, and it's suddenly an orange grove rather than an apricot orchard.

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Lemon Juice:0.75 oz

Lemon Juice is here to cut through the sweetness with its tangy sharpness, rounding out the flavor profile. Without it, you might find yourself in a sticky situation. Just enough to add balance, because too much sour makes the taste buds cower.

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Egg White:1

Egg White is the frothy wizard, creating a silky texture and a beautiful layer on top of your drink. No egg white, and you lose that charming frothiness that invites the lips for a dip. It's like a cocktail without a top hat - still fine, but not quite as dapper.

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Simple Syrup:0.5 oz

Simple Syrup is the sweet whisperer, making sure the drink isn't too tart. Skip it, and you might pucker up more than you intended. It's the delicate balance beam walker of the cocktail world.

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Ice:1 cup

Ice is the chiller of the party, making everything nice and cold. Without it, you're sipping on room-temperature disappointment. It also provides dilution, which is essential for the perfect sip.

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Orange Twist:1

The Orange Twist is like the cherry on top, but it's an orange, and there's no cherry. It brings a fragrant aroma right before you take a sip, setting the stage for what's to come. No twist, and the cocktail loses a bit of its flair - like a painter without his final brush stroke.

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Recipe. How to make Apricot Lady Drink

  1. Add the apricot brandy, orange liqueur, lemon juice, egg white, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Perform a 'dry shake' (without ice) for about 10 seconds to emulsify the egg white.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for about 15 seconds, or until well-chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist.

Pro Tips

  • Dry Shake: The dry shake is crucial for a smooth, creamy texture. Don't skip this step.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Always use fresh lemon juice and a high-quality apricot brandy for the best flavor.
  • Chilled Glass: Serving in a chilled glass will keep your cocktail cooler for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters: A nice balance to the fruitiness of the Apricot Lady can be found with a variety of cheeses, particularly creamy cheeses like brie or camembert which complement the cocktail's smooth texture.
  • Seafood appetizers: The citrus notes in the cocktail pair delightfully with seafood. Think about serving shrimp cocktail or lemon-accented scallop ceviche.

Main Courses

  • Roasted poultry: The sweet and citrus flavors of the Apricot Lady will work well with the savory taste of roasted chicken or turkey.
  • Glazed pork dishes: The sweetness of apricot can enhance the experience when paired with a nicely glazed pork.


  • Fruit tarts: The mix of fruit in the Apricot Lady would pair nicely with a fruit tart, particularly apricot or peach-based desserts.
  • Citrus-flavored desserts: Any dessert that has a lemony tang, such as a lemon cheesecake, would go beautifully with the zesty character of the drink.

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What you could change in Apricot Lady

  • Apricot Brandy: If you can't find apricot brandy, you can substitute it with peach brandy or another fruit-flavored brandy.
  • Orange Liqueur: Triple sec or Cointreau can be used in place of orange liqueur.
  • Egg White: If you're vegan or allergic to eggs, you can use aquafaba (chickpea water) as a substitute.

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Spiced Apricot Lady

  • Substitute apricot brandy with spiced apricot liqueur for a warm, spicy twist.
  • Replace simple syrup with cinnamon syrup to complement the spiced profile. This version will have a kick that'll remind you of autumn, and it's like a cozy sweater for your taste buds.

Apricot Lady Royale

  • Float a splash of champagne on top to add a bubbly twist.
  • Skip the egg white for a lighter texture. The Royale version is for those moments when you want to put a bit of 'ooh la la' into your evening. It's like the Apricot Lady attended a fancy ball.

Virgin Apricot Lady

  • Use apricot juice instead of apricot brandy and omit the orange liqueur.
  • Add a dash of ginger ale for the fizz. Perfect for those who want to enjoy the party without the punch of alcohol. It's the Apricot Lady's responsible sister, still fun, just without the booze.

In case you forgot basics how to make Apricot Lady

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Apricot Lady

Can I enjoy Apricot Lady if I don't consume alcohol?

Absolutely, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Apricot Lady, you just need to substitute the alcoholic ingredients with similar non-alcoholic ones.

How can I make my Apricot Lady look more appealing?

Presentation is everything. A good idea is to pre-chill the glass and garnish appropriately. Consider using a fresh orange slice or a cherry.

What's the best time to drink Apricot Lady?

The Apricot Lady makes an excellent aperitif cocktail due to its fruity and refreshing nature. However, it is also suitable for any relaxed and casual social gatherings.

What are some other similar cocktails I might enjoy if I like the Apricot Lady?

If you enjoy the Apricot Lady, you might also like other fruity and refreshing cocktails such as the Bramble, Mimosa, or Bellini.

Can I use any other type of citrus for this cocktail?

Yes, you could use fresh grapefruit or lime juice in place of lemon if you prefer. These substitutions would make the cocktail tropical and more refreshing.

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