As my sister so eloquently documented, our Apricot tree has gone completely bonkers this year. The last time I saw an apricot tree produce in this volume was Andrew Stone’s tree during the summer I was living & coding at Stone Design.
The fruit is just now starting to ripen and today was the first day that I could pick any quantity of apricots.
And Pick I did.
And pick again — three days later, I just picked an equal number.
I basically culled the tree for apricots that were ready to pick, while also removing any nearly-ready ‘cots that were weighing down branches to the point of potentially breaking them.
Even so, you can’t tell that a single apricot was removed from the tree! It looks like I have at least 3 to 4 more weeks of fruit to harvest!
Of course, the question is, what to do with all those apricots?
Make: Jam! Pie! Pancakes! Ice Cream! Cheese! Poached Salmon!
The possibilities are endless. In this case, I quartered the apricots into vacuum bags and froze them for the non-apricot season.
However, not all… some were set aside for eating and a couple were turned into a muddled apricot margarita with a blueberry juice float (which can be seen next to that gigantic bowl of ‘cot quarters).
To make a muddled apricot margarita, start by quartering a couple of apricots into a glass.
Squeeze the juice of one good lime into it.
By good lime, I mean a lime with a thin skin that has quite a bit of juice that isn’t too tart. In this case, I used a lime off of our lime tree.
Ideally, use that kind of squeezer as it does a really good job of extracting juices without extracting the bitter flavors of the skin.
Get your muddler and muddle the hell out of the apricot / lime juice. Really get it good and squishy!
Add at least two ounces of good quality 100% blue agave tequila.. Add a few ice cubes.
I happened to use Pueblo Viejo Reposado because I had it on hand. It is a great tequila.
At this point, the glass should be somewhere around 1/2 to 2/3rds full.
What you do next is between you and your taste buds.
I floated blueberry juice on top of mine. Delicious.
Alternatively, I would suggest ginger ale or 7-up, ideally the cane sugar variety, if your tastes run to the sweet side of mixed drinks.
Or orange juice.
Or a splash of Cointreau and a touch of whiskey sour if you want to go a more traditional margarita route.
Whatever. A delicious and refreshing drink will result!