Last week I talked about discovering fizzbloom and using these different syrups in drinks both alcoholic and non. This discovery inspired me to try and find more flavors or perhaps make some of my own. I enjoy being creative in the kitchen and either recreating flavors or trying to invent new ones. I also try to use things I already have or can find easily around me.
So with that, I figured I would try something with plums because we have a plum tree in the back yard. I found this lovely Plum Vanilla Shrub recipe on, of course, pinterest. Well, when I went to get some plums from the tree, they were of course gone so I had to get my ingredients from the store. Go figure.
I followed the recipe and had to wait for the shrub to cool and the flavors to really infuse mix before I could try it but I managed to be quite impressed. The first drink I made was simply a bit of the shrub with some soda water mixed together. The flavors were complex and surprising but delicious.
The second drink was a cocktail of my own devising. I thought with the complexity of flavors this could make quite a few different good drinks. Gin or Bourbon were my first choices for alcohol bases and I thought I would make a similar drink with a couple different bases just to sip and try.
The basic concept was alcohol, shrub, a tad bit of cream or Bailey’s and a dash of cinnamon. This of course turned out to be an awful idea because the vinegar from the shrub curdles the cream. I ended up using brandy in the drink I made, but still think gin or bourbon could be a good drink substitution.
Vanilla Plum Vodka
- 1.5 oz Vanilla Vodka
- 0.5 oz Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
- 1/2 plum
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 lemon
- soda water
Muddle the plum, sugar, lemon (remove rind), vodka and orange liqueur. Shake with ice and double strain into highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda water. Make pretty with a slice of plum or lemon as desired.
- 1.5 oz Brandy
- 1 oz Vanilla Plum Shrub
- 2 dashes vanilla infused peychaud’s bitters
- 0.5 oz black pepper honey syrup
- soda water
Pour Brandy, Shrub, bitters, and syrup into a rocks glass. Fill glass with ice, top with soda water and stir. Garnish with slice of plum if desired.
What do you think? Would you try these drinks? What ingredients or flavors do you think would go well with the plum or vanilla plum shrub?