Bergamot cocktail with apricot and bourbon

When crafting cocktails, where does one begin? It always helps to start with a central ingredient theme, especially one that will pique your taster’s palate. With bergamot season in full swing, the distinctively aromatic citrus makes a perfect choice. Discover how this Bergamot cocktail with apricot and bourbon pairing accentuates the fruit’s unmistakably lemon-orange notes, while teasing out the underlying floral notes of this wonderfully complex citrus.

Pairing bergamot with apricot and whiskey

The floral, violet scent of bergamots provide an excellent aromatic match for bourbon whiskey and apricots, which form the flavor base of this cocktail. The apricot preserves also lend balance with their tart, syrupy sweetness. Top things off by finishing your cocktail with Hoegaerden’s Belgian-style white ale, which contains the same citrus-coriander-like notes found in bergamots.

This sweet, tart Bergamot cocktail with apricot and bourbon provides a cool, refreshing contrast to the creamy taste and texture of the Brugge Abt Abbey cheese, in which we find a rose-like aroma similar to the floral notes of bergamots and apricots.

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Bergamot cocktail with apricot and bourbon


  • 3 tsp apricot preserves
  • 1 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 0.5 oz bergamot juice, freshly squeezed
  • 0.17 oz simple syrup
  • 0.67 oz Hoegaarden Belgian white ale
  • Brugge Abt Abbey cheese

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the apricot jam, bourbon whiskey, bergamot juice and simple syrup. Shake and strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice. Top off with a chilled Belgian-style pale ale.

Serve together with Brugge Abt Abbey cheese or any other cheese you can find in the tool.

Learn more about pairing bergamots and their aroma profile.

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