English Apricot Liqueur

English apricot liqueur recipe

The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic

  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 500 ml bottle (serves 10)

The season for fresh apricots is short and one way of extending the enjoyment of these wonderful fruits is in this apricot liqueur recipe. The liqueur is so simple to make and come the dark winter months when you open the bottle, you'll be so glad you did. The liqueur is ready after a month, but is best kept for several so the flavors can blend and meld.


  • 2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoon all-spice
  • 2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 500 g/18 ounces apricots (halved with kernels set aside)
  • 500 g/18 ounces sugar
  • 1 L dry white wine
  • 600 ml/20 ounces good-quality gin

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for apricot liqueur
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  2. Combine the ground cloves, all-spice, nutmeg, and ginger to create the spice mix.

    Combine all spice and ground cloves
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  3. Put the apricots into a jam pan. Add a coffee spoonful of the spice mix and stir well.

    Put apricot in pot
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  4. Add the sugar and the wine and stir again.

    Add sugar and wine
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  5. Bring to the boil, frequently stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  6. Remove from the heat and add the gin.

    Remove from heat
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  7. Crack open apricot kernel from the center. Remove the skin on the kernel, then add to the apricots.

    Crack open apricot kernel
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  8. Cover the pan entirely and set aside for five days.

  9. Sterilize and dry 2 or 3 wine or screwcap bottles.

    Wipe bottles
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  10. Pass the apricot mixture through a fine sieve or a piece of muslin into a large bowl, keeping the apricots. Press the mixture well to remove as much juice as possible.

    Press down apricots
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  11. Pour the liquid into the bottles, close, and label.

    Pour liquid in bottles
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic
  12. Wait for the minimum of one month before opening, but as with all liqueurs, it will improve the longer it sits.

    Label bottles
    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic