Apricot Compote with Scotch Whisky and Ice Cream


  • 1 1/4 Pound  ripe apricots, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 Tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1/4 Cup  sugar, preferably organic
  • 1/3 Cup  blended Scotch whisky or cognac
  •   pint vanilla ice cream
  •    Lemon balm or mint leaves, for garnish

Once I have my fill of eating apricots on their own, I like to make a quick compote with them. Served with ice cream, it becomes an elegant dessert for a dinner party. But it’s also incredibly delicious with yogurt, with a slice of pound cake, or even for breakfast on top of pancakes.


Place the apricot slices in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pan. Add the lemon juice and sugar and heat over medium-high heat. Stir well and simmer vigorously for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The apricots will release their juices and the sauce will become foamy. Remove from the heat, add the whiskey, and stir well. Transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature.

Scoop the ice cream into dessert bowls. Top with the apricot compote. Garnish with a lemon balm or mint leaf. Serve immediately.


Note: The compote can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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