Hops Spring Eternal

This week’s long distance dedication goes out to all you hop heads, cocktail lovers, hostesses, and anyone else in need of a delicious drink.

Don’t be scared off non-drinking loyal listeners – Saturday I’m gonna hit you with the best carrot cake recipe – ever!  So stay tuned.

Now back to the drink.  I entered this in a cocktail competition at work last year, and while I didn’t win, I still loved the crap outta it.

The perfect addition to your Spring brunch menu or a Friday in, this drink packs a serious punch and a seriously awesome flavor profile.  The lemon juice brightens the natural lemon in the hops, the honey rounds out the bitterness, and the apricot infused vodka pumps up the already vibrant juiciness of Aprihop.

I went with Aprihop from Dogfish Head because in addition to being a delicious Springtime brew, it’s readily available across this great land, meaning you can make this at home without having to substitute something inferior.

I give my vodka at least a week to infuse before using.  All you’ll need is a high quality vodka, I used Tito’s, apricots, I used about 15 to 2 cups of vodka, a sterile glass container, and a dark, cool place to keep it.  Obviously, the longer you allow the apricots to add their flavor, the more yummy it will be.  I should mention that eating an apricot infused with vodka is about as delicious as can be.

The honey syrup is made by combining 1 cup of honey to 1 cup of water.  You can change this ratio depending on how thick or sweet you’d like your syrup.  Simply bring to a boil over medium-high heat, allow to boil for about 2 minutes, remove from heat, allow to cool, then store in a sterile container in the fridge until it’s cocktail time.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice is essential, don’t bother with the stuff in a plastic lemon.

If using a rocks glass you can easily get two drinks per bottle of beer, but the booziness will be a little more up front.

The only other thing you need to know is that more than a few of these might have you on your cute little booty.  Aprihop comes in a surprising 7% ABV (for you non-beer geeks, Miller Lite is about 4.2% ABV), so it’s pretty dangerous on its own.  You’ve been warned.  Now get to infusing!

Hops Spring Eternal
Ingredients:

1 3/4 ounces Apricot Infused Vodka

1 ounce Honey Syrup

1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 bottle Dogfish Head Aprihop

Directions:

Combine vodka, syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.  Add ice.  Shake well.  Strain into a pint glass.  Slowly pour Aprihop.  Enjoy!

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