Ooops, it's apricot brandy, not schnapps
September 27, 2010 10:43 AM   Subscribe

I accidentally purchased a bottle of apricot brandy. It's not very good. In fact, it tastes pretty awful, even in cocktails. Any ideas on what else I can do with it?
posted by leedly to Food & Drink (19 answers total)
You can make a cake with it. It will taste far better than drinking that swill.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 10:45 AM on September 27, 2010

Bury it in sangria.
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:47 AM on September 27, 2010 [3 favorites]

Deglaze pans with it? Especially chicken or duck.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 10:49 AM on September 27, 2010

Throw it away. My experience has always been that flavors you don't like will surface no matter how determinedly you try to "bury" them. Never forget Julia Child's cardinal rule - if you wouldn't drink it, never, ever put it in anything you want to eat and enjoy. You learned your lesson; accept that and move on...
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 10:50 AM on September 27, 2010 [6 favorites]

Try it on vanilla ice-cream?
posted by Rumple at 10:54 AM on September 27, 2010

Yes, don't go around ruining perfectly good food with it. Give it a try in coffee -- with a little sugar and cream -- but if it's still horrid there, just toss it. Life's too short, etcetera. Actually, don't toss it -- find your friendly neighbourhood wino or send it along on Freecycle.
posted by kmennie at 10:55 AM on September 27, 2010

Put it in a pie crust for an apricot or peach tart/pie?
posted by Night_owl at 10:57 AM on September 27, 2010

I second the sangria suggestion. Cheap brandy is essential to good sangria. Don't know why it works, but it does.
posted by Sara Anne at 10:59 AM on September 27, 2010

Mix a bit of it with apricot preserves and use it to glaze baked cornish game hens.
posted by bondcliff at 11:03 AM on September 27, 2010

I had a bottle of apricot brandy once. As I recall, it hung around for a couple of years until one night when I was extremely drunk and wanted to get still drunker, so I finished it off instead of wasting anything good on myself.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:18 AM on September 27, 2010 [3 favorites]

In the north, we'd take that kind of thing ice fishing. Keeps you warm. Blackberry brandy would be more traditional, though.

Not that I recommend that. Use it for cruel tricks on dear friends.
posted by echo target at 11:58 AM on September 27, 2010

I've had this (Armenia) and don't like it either.

Here are some things to bake.
posted by k8t at 12:07 PM on September 27, 2010

Put it in a marinade for pork chops.
posted by WeekendJen at 12:27 PM on September 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Awesome drink called a 'Charlie Chaplin' in one of my Boston bartender books. Just mix one part each of apricot brandy, sloe gin, and lemon or lime juice, shake well with ice and strain.

It's nice, not too sweet and hopefully will solve your problem :)

Good luck!
posted by MaximumTaco at 12:59 PM on September 27, 2010

Two tablespoons in a batch of fruit ice cream (peach would be great) keeps the consistency creamy and tastes delicious!
posted by Mertonian at 1:33 PM on September 27, 2010

Try mixing it with tonic water. Some friend of my parents' makes this hideous peach brandy that makes you want to die when you drink it straight, but if you mix it with tonic it's delightful and refreshing.
posted by exceptinsects at 2:57 PM on September 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Fish House Punch is the best possible application for apricot brandy. It's a relatively minor component, so unless yours tastes of retsina, it's probably ok. I am optimistic.
posted by mumkin at 3:36 PM on September 27, 2010

Add some spices and poach fruit in it. Then reduce the liquid down to caramel. I have done this with crap brandy and it was deeelicious.
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