Yesterday we all got together and made a plum shrub, and now we’re ready to put it to good use. That’s right. It’s cocktail time.  You didn’t think I was gonna leave you hanging, did you? In addition to adding a depth of flavor, a shrub brings balance to a cocktail in place of other more traditional ingredients like simple syrup and citrus. For this cocktail I wanted to use a fair amount of our hard-earned plum shrub. In turn, I countered the sharpness of the vinegar with a sweet bourbon, then layered in a bit of nuttiness with a dry sherry. The cool part is that the flavor or the shrub is constantly evolving. Two weeks from now, when the vinegar has mellowed and the shrub ia a bit sweeter, you may think about switching the bourbon for a rye. Or, maybe even add a dash of bitters. You see how great shrubs are? Pretty magical stuff, indeed.

Plum Shrub Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz plum shrub
  • 1/4 oz dry Amontillado sherry
  • 1 large/oversized cube of ice
  • slice of plum for garnish
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I’ve been patiently waiting all summer to make a shrub. Now, with all this fruit sitting around my kitchen, the time has finally come. I decided on plums as they were bursting with juice, and therefore […]

Plum Shrub Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass.

Plum Shrub Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Fill your mixing glass with ice.

Plum Shrub Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Stir for a full 30 seconds. Sometimes good things take time.

Plum Shrub Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Insert the large ice cube into an old fashioned glass.

Plum Shrub Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Strain your cocktail over ice and garnish with a slice of fresh plum.

Plum Shrub Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

I think we put our shrub to good use. Enjoy!

Plum Shrub Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

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