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Apricardamom – Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur

Apricardamom Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur | Magnolia Days

Loved ones are gathering for a celebration. They are greeted with hugs and smiles as they arrive. The bar is set with an assortment of libations. You know it’s a special time when you see liqueurs line up next to the usual bottles of wine, liquor, and mixers. You glance at the flavors and see which catches your attention. You reach for the bottle without a label. What could it be? You learn it is Apricardamom, a homemade apricot cardamom liqueur.

Liqueurs come in a multitude of flavors. The spectrum includes fruity, spicy, floral, nutty, and creamy. The selection is so large it is hard to decide which one to try next. Some can be rather pricey too. However, what I discovered is many of them can be easily made and wind up less expensive than store-bought. Plus it is more fun to make your own. Imagine all the varieties and flavors.

Where to begin with making liqueur at home? A start would be getting the book Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss. A copy arrived at my door and I could not wait to dig in and check it out. There are so many tempting recipes in the book. It was difficult to decide which one to make first. However, Apricardamom stood out because I thoroughly enjoy the flavors of apricot and cardamom. I am glad I chose it as it is now one I will sip and also serve to my family and friends.

Apricardamom Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur | Magnolia Days

The recipe book is well designed and informative. It has all the information you need to get started concocting your own special libations. It provides a foundation on which you can expand with your own variations. The photography is excellent and the recipes are easy to read. They are divided up into chapters on the type (fruit, vegetable, herb, nut, floral, etc.). I highly recommend it to every level of cocktail enthusiast from beginner to mixologist. You can purchase a copy on Amazon by clicking on the photo of the book (affiliate link):

Have you made your own liqueur? What did you make? Oh, and take a look at my apricot nut cake (just in case you like apricots). I also have a nice fizzy drink made with Apricardamom to share soon. Stay tuned…

Apricardamom Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur | Magnolia Days
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Apricardamom – Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur

A recipe for Apricardamom, a homemade apricot cardamom liqueur made with dried apricots, cardamom pods, and vodka. It is a great cordial or cocktail ingredient.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1 fifth vodka 750ml / 3 1/4 cups, 80-100 proof
  • 15 dried apricot halves finely chopped
  • 20 green cardamom pods crushed
  • 1 cup simple syrup


  1. Muddle the vodka, apricots, and cardamom with a wooden spoon in a half-gallon jar. Stir to moisten everything.
  2. Seal the jar and put it in a cool, dark cabinet until the liquid smells and tastes strongly of apricot and cardamom, 3 to 5 days.
  3. Strain the mixture with a mesh strainer into a clean quart jar. Do not push on the solids to extract more liquid.
  4. Stir in the simple syrup.
  5. Seal and store in cool, dark cabinet. Use within 1 year.

Recipe Notes

*Time does not include the 3 to 5 days for flavor infusion. Recipe ©copyright 2013 Andrew Schloss and used with permission by Storey Publishing.

Disclosures: I receive a copy of Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits recipe book at no charge. I was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post. This post contains affiliate links.

Recipe Rating


Monday 17th of June 2019

Thanks for sharing. I followed the recipe, but it's way too much cardamom and not enough apricot. Can I add another round of fruit after I've added the simple syrup, or is that setting me up to get yeast/fermentation products? I wonder if where I went wrong was the instruction, apricot "halves." Each piece of dried fruit is an entire apricot, so I adjusted accordingly. Perhaps it meant 15 apricots? .When you made it, how do you judge what portion the dried fruit is?

Katie Moseman

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

You can either add more fruit in step 1, or let it sit for another day or so in step two. Or both. I wouldn't add fruit after adding the simple syrup, for the reason you mentioned.

The amount of fruit isn't exact; it's more to taste than anything else. So you can play around with the amount of fruit in step 1. And just reduce the cardamom. Hope this helps!

Elizabeth Greenwood

Monday 24th of October 2016

Huge disappointment! I even let the apricot cardamom mixture age longer, about 2 weeks. It's tastes a bit like Cardamom, but mostly like vodka. I wouldn't make again.


Monday 24th of October 2016

I'm so sorry you were not pleased with the liqueur. I enjoyed it along with the friends I shared it with. I also made a sparkling cocktail with it (mixed with sparking wine). Perhaps contact the cookbook author and discuss alternates to tweak it to your liking.

Angelica - russian recipes

Monday 30th of December 2013

i never heard about apricot liqueur, so i0m very interested about making it!:) thx a lot for your recipe!:)


Monday 6th of January 2014

You are welcome Angelica

Lora @cakeduchess

Saturday 28th of December 2013

I pinned these yesterday and knew it was your recipe...just love these photos, Renee! I bet this tastes delightful! Happy New Year,my dear friend.


Friday 27th of December 2013

Apricot liqueur??? Sounds amazing!


Saturday 28th of December 2013

It really is amazing with the cardamom flavor with the apricot too.