Mid-July in New York means tart-on-the-outside, sweet-on-the-inside, ripe summer plums practically bursting out of their skins—how could we not put them in a cocktail? Here, we’ve tossed this beautiful fruit with its evil twin of an infused spirit, a Brooklyn-distilled plum liqueur, with smashing results.
The Summer Plum Smash
- 2 shots gin
- 2 shots plum liqueur
- 2 cubes cane sugar
- 4 small summer plums (pits removed and quartered)
- 4 small sprigs of fresh thyme (plus 2 to garnish)
Add the cane sugar cubes, plums, and thyme sprigs to the shaker.
Muddle the ingredients in the bottom of the shaker until thoroughly crushed and the sugar has mostly dissolved.
Add the gin, plum liqueur, and ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
Strain the mixture into chilled coupes and garnish with remaining thyme sprigs.
Don’t have plum liqueur? Don’t sweat it. Just substitute in an extra cube of cane sugar and a half-shot of fresh lemon juice.
Makes 2 drinks.
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Reprinted from Shake. Copyright © 2014 by Eric Prum and Josh Williams. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Eric Prum and Josh Williams. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.