Apricot Tart: Alcohol-Free Apricot Almond Sour

The combination of apricots and almonds are a classic patisserie pairing.  This Alcohol-Free Apricot Almond Sour tastes like a fresh apricot tart in liquid form.  Sweetly perfumed with a nutty edge and real lemon kick, this delicious mocktail is bound to become a firm favorite.

Now – the trick to a really good sour is using fresh lemon and eggs.  With only four ingredients in this mocktail – apricot juice, lemon juice, almond extract and egg whites – the right texture and tartness will make or break the drink.

It’s important to note that the egg whites contribute more than just eye-catching foam.  The protein in egg whites counteracts the acidity of the lemon juice to create a harmonious balanced drink with a luxurious velvety mouthfeel.

So, now you know the science, why not mix up a glass?

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. (60 ml) apricot juice
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)
  • 2 drops of almond extract
  • ½ oz. (15 ml) egg white (approx. ½ an egg white)
  • Dried apricot and maraschino cherry to garnish
  • Ice

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer
  • Rocks glass

Instructions

  1. Separate the egg yolk from the egg white.
  2. Use a pair of scissors to cut the egg white in half.  
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add the apricot juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, almond extract and egg white.
  4. DRY SHAKE – without ice – for 20 seconds to froth up the egg white.
  5. Add a handful of ice and shake for another 15-20 seconds until the outside of the shaker is very cold.
  6. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  7. Garnish with a dried apricot and a maraschino cherry.

Substitutions:  

  • To make a vegan variation of this mocktail, substitute the egg white with 15 ml of aquafaba (the juice from chickpeas) – this should achieve the same trademark foam.
  • To prepare the mocktail without any trace of alcohol, use a cocktail cherry that hasn’t been soaked in alcohol instead of the maraschino cherry that will have been soaked in maraschino liqueur.

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Alcohol-Free Apricot Almond Sour FAQ

Do I need to use fresh apricot juice or can I use store-bought juice?
You can use either fresh apricot juice or store-bought juice.  For the majority of the year, I’m happy to use store-bought juice when ripe apricots are not readily available in the supermarket.  The sweetness of this mocktail comes from the apricot juice.  So, if the fresh apricots are not ripe enough, you may need to add some extra sweetener to achieve the desired taste.

Can I use almond milk instead of almond extract?
No.  Almond extract is a concentrated flavoring made from bitter almonds that imparts a distinctive almond flavor and aroma.  On the other hand, almond milk is a non-dairy milk made from ground almonds and water that is used as a substitute for cow’s milk.  For this recipe, you only want the almond flavor and not the milky texture.

Do I need to use fresh lemon juice or can I use bottled lemon juice?
I would recommend freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.  In a pinch, bottled lemon juice can be used as a substitute but the mocktail may not taste as fresh.

Is it necessary to separate the egg yolk from the egg white?
Yes. The egg yolk is not needed for the recipe.  Egg whites are used in sour cocktails/mocktails to add a frothy texture and smooth mouthfeel to the drink.  When egg white is shaken vigorously with other ingredients, it creates a foam that sits on top of the drink imparting a velvety texture and a great visual effect. 

Is this mocktail safe for pregnant women?
This alcohol-free apricot almond sour recipe is suitable for pregnant women as it does not contain any alcohol.  However, expectant mothers may prefer to avoid eating raw eggs due to the salmonella risks.  Hence, it is crucial to use fresh pasteurized eggs.  In the UK, look out for the British Lion mark indicating that the eggs have been immunized against salmonella.

What if I don’t have a cocktail shaker?
If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar or any other container with a tight-fitting lid to shake the ingredients together.  It may take a little longer than a cocktail shaker to bring the temperature of the mocktail down, but the end result should be the same.

Can I omit the maraschino cherry garnish?
Yes, the maraschino and apricot garnishes are optional and can be omitted if you wish.

Is this recipe vegan?
No, this recipe is not vegan because it contains egg white.  As a vegan substitute, you can use aquafaba (chickpea juice) instead of the egg white.  It should achieve the same foam effect and texture as the egg.

How long does it take to make this mocktail?
This alcohol-free apricot and almond sour takes less than 5 minutes to make.

Can I make this mocktail ahead of time?
It is best to make this mocktail fresh and serve it immediately.  If you want to get ahead, you can juice the lemon in advance and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container.

Can I use something other than a rocks glass to serve this mocktail?
Yes, you can serve this mocktail in any short glass that you like.

Is this mocktail suitable for someone with a nut allergy?
No.  This mocktail contains almond extract and is not suitable for someone with a nut allergy.  You can omit the almond extract for an ‘alcohol-free apricot sour’ instead.

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