For some reason I’ve never used plums in any of my creations. Not cocktails, desserts, smoothies or salads. Not really sure why because I love plums. Guess I always end up eating them as is. Anyway, I finally corrected this with this beautiful bourbon plum cocktail.
The currently vacant house next door to mine has a plum tree. A few of the branches hang over into my side yard and rather than let the fruit go to waste this year, I decided to grab what I could from the tree and the ground. Because why pay for plums when they are growing right outside your house and no one is using them?
My original plan for the plums was to make spiced vanilla poached plums. But when I started to make it, the plums were falling apart as I tried to remove the pit. It turned out to be more of a mess than I expected so I ditched that idea and went to a cocktail instead. Although looking back, I’m surprised I didn’t start with a cocktail. Silly me.
So, about this bourbon plum cocktail… It’s plums, bourbon, lemon and a touch of St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram. For the booze, I used Heritage Distilling Elk Rider Bourbon (also in the blackberry bourbon cocktail). Plums bring sweetness, lemons bring acidity, Allspice Dram brings some spice and bourbon brings the booze. It’s a lovely, lovely combination. And it has such a beautiful color.
- 1 to 2 plums (1 if it's regular size, 2 if they are smaller), pit removed
- 1-1/2 ounces bourbon (I used Heritage Distilling Elk Rider Bourbon)
- ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
- Orange peel for garnish
- Add plums to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
- Pour in bourbon, lemon juice and Allspice Dram and fill shaker with ice.
- Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with orange peel after expressing oils over the drink and rubbing around the rim of the glass.
Want more just like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and you’ll get the latest buzz delivered directly to your inbox!