Apricot Pie Cocktail

Apricot Pie Cocktail (aka Bacardi's Naked Lady Cocktail)

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail

All of the elements of a great tasting cocktail are inside the apricot pie cocktail. It's very similar to Bacardi Rum's famous naked lady cocktail but the proportions are just a little different and it's not as sweet. Many people choose to eliminate or reduce that drink's grenadine anyway and the apricot pie takes care of that for you.

This cocktail pairs white rum with the sweetness of apricot brandy and grenadine. The taste finds balance with the help of sweet vermouth and lemon juice. To finish it off, a lemon twist adds an elegant touch that makes it stand out. It's a delicious cocktail that will turn heads and is a great choice for a small dinner party.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum 
  • 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce apricot brandy
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice

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  3. Shake until the outside of the shaker gets very cold.

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  4. Double strain into a chilled or frozen glass.

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  5. Garnish with the lemon twist.

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  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Tips

  • Adjust the sweet and sour elements to suit your personal taste.
  • The biggest consideration with sweet vermouth is freshness. Unlike liquors, the fortified wine will go stale after the bottle is open, so it has a shelf life of just a few months. If you haven't been making many Manhattans or perfect martinis lately, it may be time to replace that bottle in your bar.
  • Apricot brandy comes in two varieties. One is a true brandy (eau-de-vie) distilled from the actual fruit juices and the other is a sweetened brandy-based liqueur. Either will work in this drink, though the liqueur will produce a slightly sweeter cocktail.
  • Squeezing the juice from a single lemon wedge should produce the perfect amount of juice.

Recipe Variations

  • Give this cocktail a little more depth by pouring a different style of rum. Gold and aged rums would be great choices. Black and spiced rums are going to compete too much with the other ingredients, so are not recommended.
  • To make the naked lady cocktail, Bacardi's white rum is called for specifically. Simply shake 1 1/2 ounces each of rum and sweet vermouth with 1/3 ounce each of apricot brandy, lemon juice, and grenadine. It also gets a lemon twist.
  • A similar drink, the apricot lady cocktail skips the sweet vermouth. Instead, shake 1/2 ounces light rum, 1 ounce apricot brandy, 1/2 ounce each orange curaçao and lime juice, and an egg white. It's typically served in an old-fashioned glass and garnished with an orange slice.
  • For a slightly different profile, try el presidente. That recipe pairs light rum with dry vermouth and grenadine, opting for orange curaçao rather than apricot brandy.
  • Or, you can go simple and old-school with the classic Jean Harlow cocktail. It's nothing more than a sweet rum martini and you only need rum and sweet vermouth.

How Strong Is an Apricot Pie Cocktail?

Similar in strength to the majority of martini-style drinks, the apricot pie cocktail is not the lightest drink you can mix up. Its alcohol content should fall in the 23 percent ABV (46 proof) range. It's like drinking a shaken rum daiquiri, only this drink offers a more complex flavor.