The Apricot Smash is a bright, fruit-forward summer cocktail highlighting the flavors of fresh apricots and herbaceous gin. While traditional recipes call for a London dry style gin, using Hapusa Himalayan Gin adds fantastic complexity!
Hapusa Gin‘s turmeric, cardamom and citrus botanicals pair impeccably with the sweet stone fruit and tangy citrus in this drink. The result is an Apricot Smash cocktail with lively fruit flavors matched by Hapusa’s spice and aromatics.
A Brief History of Smash Cocktails
The history of the smash cocktail dates back to the mid-19th century. It is one of the earliest types of mixed drinks and is also known as the julep.
Smash cocktails combine spirit, fruit, sugar and mint. The ingredients are muddled in the shaker using a wooden muddler before serving over crushed ice. This technique extracts maximum fruit flavors and oils from the mint.
The refreshing nature of smashes made them popular summertime sippers. The earliest known smash is the Whiskey Smash from the 1860s – a mix of bourbon, lemon, sugar and mint.
Why Hapusa Gin Shines in the Apricot Smash
Hapusa contains a blend of 8 botanicals including turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and Darjeeling orange. These spices, citrus and herbs offer fantastically complex layers that complement the sweet apricots and mint.
Hapusa’s aromatics alongside the fruit creates a smash cocktail that is at once familiar yet exotic and exciting. Keep reading to learn exactly how to mix the ideal Hapusa Gin Apricot Smash.
Ingredients & Equipment for Mixing Hapusa Apricot Smash
To mix the Hapusa Apricot Smash you will need:
- Hapusa Gin
- Apricot jam
- Apple juice
- Lime juice
- Mint leaves
- Cocktail shaker
- Fine mesh strainer
- Rocks glass
- Apricot slice for garnish
Quality ingredients are key.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Mixing the Hapusa Apricot Smash
Follow these simple steps for fantastic flavor:
Step 1: Prepare your serving glass
Add a few cubes or crushed ice to a rocks glass to chill. Set aside.
Step 2: Add ingredients to a shaker
Add all the ingredients to a shaker.
Step 5: Shake vigorously
Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds to blend and chill.
Step 6: Double strain into prepared glass
Double strain using a fine mesh strainer.
Step 7: Add ice and garnish
Add fresh ice to fill your serving glass. Garnish with an apricot slice. Enjoy!
Feel free to adjust apple and lime juice and jam to taste.
Pro Tips for Maximizing Flavor
Follow these tips for crafting an signature Hapusa Gin Apricot Smash:
- Adjust apple juice to personal preference.
- Shake vigorously to integrate ingredients and allow flavors to mingle.
- Double strain for a silky texture without pulp or bits of leaf.
- Add a dash of orange bitters to further accent the apricot.
Take your time shaking and straining to let each ingredient shine through. The payoff is a smash cocktail bursting with fruity flavors!
With its lovely balance of apricot, bright lime, aromatic mint and the exotic spice of Hapusa Gin, the Apricot Smash is guaranteed to be your new warm weather go-to cocktail.
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Here’s the recipe!
Hapusa Gin Apricot Smash
- 2 oz / 60ml Hapusa
- 2 bar spoons Apricot jam
- 1/2 oz / 15ml Apple juice
- 1/2 oz / 20ml Lime juice
- 6-7 Mint leaves
- Add all the ingredients to a shaker
- Add ice
- Shake, shake, shake
- Strain into a rocks glass with ice
- Garnish with a seedless dried apricot (previously soaked in water) along with a mint sprig.