Danube 75 Cocktail
Makes 1 cocktail, plus additional glazed apricot garnish.
In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the apricots and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the apricots sit, uncovered, to plump and soften.
For the Cocktail:
In a shaker, combine the ice, gin, apricot juice, apricot schnapps and lemon juice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Place a Glazed Dried Apricot halve in the bottom of a chilled Champagne flute and strain the drink into the glass. Top with sparkling wine.
For the Glazed Apricots
2 ½ cups water
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¾ pound dried apricots, halved
For the cocktail:
Ice 1 ½ ounce gin
1 ounce apricot juice or nectar
1 ounce apricot schnapps
½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 to 3 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine