Danube-Inspired Sip & Sail Cocktail Event: Sip an AmaTwenty Cocktail and Join the Virtual Celebration
Your AmaWaterways Invitation to Celebrate their 20th Anniversary
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AmaWaterways is my go-to luxury European river cruise line. In 2019 I was pleased to be part of a wine-themed AmaWaterways Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, documented in this article for PrimeWomen Magazine, “Discover New & Old World Wine on a Wine-Themed Rhine River Cruise.”
This is your invitation to join a virtual Sip & Sail 20th Anniversary event with AmaWaterways, June 30, noon to 1:30 PM CDT. Click here to register your attendance. Let’s join AmaWaterways co-founder, Rudi Schreiner, and Kristin Karst and their surprise guests whose shared memories have shaped the past two decades.
The Danube-inspired AmaTwenty cocktail recipe with accompanying Glaze Dried Apricot appetizer recipes are below. The new cocktail embodies the spirit of AmaWaterways, combining gin, champagne, lemon juice and the widely celebrated apricots influenced by the luxury river cruise line’s adventures in the Lower Valley of Austria. Chef Joanne Weir, long-time friend of AmaWaterways from PBS’s Plates and Places, crafted the AmaTwenty cocktail, taking inspiration from the delicious tastes she sampled in Dürnstein within Austria's UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley along the Danube River. The brilliant concoction evokes vibrant flavors and slightly sweet notes that are perfect for celebrating such a monumental moment.
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1 ½ ounce gin
1 ounce apricot juice or nectar
1 ounce apricot schnapps
½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 to 3 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine
Sugar & 1 Glaze Dried Apricot, for garnish
In a shaker, combine the ice, gin, apricot juice, apricot schnapps, and lemon juice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Coat the rim of a Martini glass with sugar. Place a Glaze Dried Apricot half in the bottom of the glass and strain the drink into the glass. Top with sparkling wine.
Glazed Dried Apricots
2 ½ cups water
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¾ pound dried apricots, halved
To make the Glaze Dried Apricots, combine the water, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the apricots and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the apricots sit, uncovered, to plump and soften.
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