The Helen Cocktail

Apricots have finally shown their smiley red cheeks at our neighborhood market, and we have been enjoying often.  I am really hoping they still around for a bit as I have some great ideas that I want to try out.  Just one of them happened to be this cocktail, The Helen.

We named this cocktail after my grandmother Helen, as it was her small but humble apricot tree that made me fall in love over and over every summer.  My sister and I use to run around the back yard, making up stories and playing for hours.  I remember spring time days, when the blossoms would gently scent the back yard.  A quick run under the tree would stop my tiny feet in their tracks, so I could inhale the perfumed air.  I loved that smell, and to this day, it grabs me whenever it may be floating by.  I anxiously use to wait until that first “perfectly” orange apricot arrived, just waiting for me to pluck it off the branch and stuff it into my tiny mouth, nibbling away, rolling the pit between my teeth;  savoring every last fiber.  They were so perfect, still warm from the sun kissing it’s flesh, still slightly firm from barely just turning orange and sweet like nectar.

My grandmother never made cocktails out of the apricots nor did she feed us Rye;  there there was an occasional shot of brandy or apricot schnapps to cure what ailed us.  Instead she made delicious jam out of the bounty of apricots, which to this day, I still miss.  It was so fresh that I would sneak it by the spoonful.  I am sure if she was still here with us, we could talk her into joining us for a Helen, and that she would enjoy every sweet sip just as I enjoyed that first bite every summer.

Do you have a favorite cocktail using Apricots?


  1. My grandmother was also named Helen and she made the best apricot jam too. It’s still my favorite jam flavor.
    I planted a bareroot apricot tree this year and I’m hoping we will get our own apricots to make jam in the next few years.
    The cocktail looks lovely.

  2. Bulleitt. Nice choice.

  3. wanda Zuroff says:

    your Grandmother would be proud of you if she were with us.

  4. This looks fabulous!

  5. I love grandma recipes! They’re always so on point! The pictures are lovely and the apricots are so succulent.. I’d love to make a flan with them, but I’d have to play with the water content in it! Puree it, perhaps! :)

  6. What an original drink/cocktail! Really lovely.

    Great clicks too.



  7. I’ve never used apricots in cocktails before, in fact, my repertoire of cocktails is pretty much limited to lime, mint and blueberries. That needs to change with this drink, obviously. Loving the Cocktail Hour series!

  8. This looks so refreshing… I need to try and make it before the summers gone!


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