Every spring when these fuzzy little fruits show up in grocery stores, I snap some up and make some Homemade Apricot Nectar. Not heavy like what you find in some grocery stores. My version is one that is light and refreshing, exactly what warm summer days need.
Less than a handful of ingredients turn this delicate seasonal fruit into a drink you will want to savor. Whether you are picking the apricots fresh, or simply picking them up from your local grocer or farmers market, you can whip up this simple drink any time your run across them.
All you need is some apricots, a couple of lemons, granulated sugar, and water. Because every ingredient used here will shine, I usually opt to double filter my water. This might just be me being a little extra, but I like it to be really clean and pure for making this drink.
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Roughly chop the apricots, and place them along with the sugar and lemon juice in a small pot or saucepan. Cook everything together until the sugar dissolves and the apricots become tender.
Then puree the mixture in a high-speed blender and add the water. Be careful if the mixture is hot so it doesn't get expelled from your blender. By adding the water cold you should avoid this and everything should temper out. Nonetheless, use care when blending or let the apricot mixture cool a while before blending.
Then pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the pulp. Place the juice in a glass bottle for storing in the fridge.
Notes & Tips
If the juice begins to move slowly through the sieve, use the back of a ladle, moving in a circular motion to press the juice through the strainer.
Double, or even triple filter your water for this, believe me, you will taste the difference in your Apricot Nectar. Or use your favorite ultra-filtered water from the store.
This is a great recipe to make if your apricots have begun to go past their prime eating stage. Just cut off any parts that are starting to look bad, and use the rest of the fruit. It is a great way to reduce waste and make something great at the same time!
Lemon is a classic pairing with apricot. But try swapping it for lime, orange, tangerine, or grapefruit for some other flavor pairings.
You can swap the granulated sugar for, honey, agave, or stevia. It actually works great with stevia, be sure to use Truvia, it has less after taste.