Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Plum Good Gin & Tonic!

Just as September straddles the edges of summer and fall, so  the Plum Good Gin & Tonic combines the refreshment of summer's favorite G&T  with the first flush of fall plums. 

What else would you do with a few plums that didn't go into that (recent) delicious Plum Smoked Duck? Around here, you know we simply used them in a cocktail.

To emphasize the plum-i-ness even more, we used some plum wine left in the bottle from the smoked duck, a little gin, a smidgen of Jack Rudy tonic syrup, lime, a splash of soda and there you have one mighty fine cocktail. Well, almost anyway. A few drops of Bittermen's Burlesque bitters took it right over the top. Cheers!

Plum Good Gin & Tonic

  • 1 prune plum, pitted and cut in half
  • 2 oz. gin (I used Bluecoat - made here in Pennsylvania!)
  • 1/2 oz. Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup (check online to order!)
  • 1 fresh lime, juiced (about 1 oz.)
  • 1/2 oz. Japanese Plum Wine - also known as Gekkeikan
  • 9 drops Bittermen's Burlesque bitters (optional)
  • splash seltzer or soda water

In a tin, muddle the plum, lime juice and tonic syrup until well mashed to release all the color and flavor. Add gin and plum wine. 

Fill the tin 3/4's of the way up with ice and cap tightly. Shake well and double strain into a coupe or other glass. Garnish with a piece of plum or lime wheel and serve.

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