Plum Luck {a bourbon plum cocktail}

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.

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?

bourbon plum cocktail 1

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.

bourbon plum cocktail 2

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.

Plum Luck {a bourbon plum cocktail}
Serves: 1
  • 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
  1. Add plums to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Pour in bourbon, lemon juice and Allspice Dram and fill shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with orange peel after expressing oils over the drink and rubbing around the rim of the glass.


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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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4 comments… add one
  • Thalia @ butter and brioche August 11, 2014, 2:19 pm

    ooh i could so kick back and relax with one of these cocktails right now..

  • Colleen August 18, 2014, 5:40 pm


    Enjoyed this cocktail today! Can you tell me where you found the Manhattan glass, I have not seen one like that since Sunday dinners at my grandparents.

    Thank you ,

    • Jessica Torres August 19, 2014, 2:54 pm

      Hi Colleen, I found the glass at an antique store in Reno, Nevada. They only had one. I’ve found both antique stores and thrift shops to be great places to find old cocktail glasses (and usually for a good price).

      And glad to hear you enjoyed the cocktail, thanks for letting me know!


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