Look into your pantry for an incredibly easy and impressive fall cocktail to make, such as Plum Jam & Gin Cocktail!
Welcome to Day 5 of Booze Week. Today my special guest blogger is Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. My regular readers know me and Susan are blogging buddies. We do theme weeks like Christmas Week, Cookie Week and Ice Cream Week together. We always have a blast. I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting her in person. I adore this lady so very much. So when I was planning Booze Week I knew I had to ask her to participate.
Susan has launched her own online Bake Shop on her blog. I think everyone should run over and check it out. She ships homemade cookies right to your door. You know you need homemade cookies delivered right to door. I need them delivered to my door too. Now.
If you are in search of an incredibly simple, yet impressive fall cocktail then look no further than your own pantry to make Spiced Plum Jam & Gin Cocktail.
Hi there Lunatics! I’m thrilled to pieces to be back guest posting here today. The last time I was around these parts was over two years ago! I’m a bit overdue, don’t you think? You might recognize my name because Kim and I just put on a celebration of ice cream epicness with #IceCreamWeek in August.
Now that summer is over, it’s time to start concentrating on fall flavors, warm spices and cocktails to settle down with by the fire.
Are you familiar with the trend of putting jam in your cocktail? It seems to have been floating around for awhile but I finally decided to give it a go and let me tell you – I’m all for it.
Jam in my booze is my new jam.
No more need for busting out the blender to mix up special fruit purees or mashing and smashing. Heck you could even make use of that almost empty jam jar shake things up right in there.
So why plum and not a more traditional fall fruit like apple or pear? I’ll tell you why, because I always feel like plums are the forgotten fruit, the middle child if you will. In the beginning of the summer we are gaga over berries, then come the peaches and as soon as peach season ends everyone starts apple picking and poaching pears.
How about those plums? They get stuck right in peach season and stay great through October. The poor poor plum, but today it gets its due and it pairs perfectly with a little cardamom and nutmeg. Toss a cardigan on while sipping this cocktail and watch the leaves change, it’s just what you need at the end of the day.
- 1/2 ounce spiced simple syrup
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon plum jam or preserves
- 2 ounces gin
- slice of fresh plum for garnish
- Spiced Simple Syrup:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
In a small saucepan bring the water, sugar, cardamom and nutmeg to a boil. Cook until the sugar has completely dissolved. Let cool. Pour the syrup into a small jar and save extra in the refrigerator for additional uses.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the spiced simple syrup, lemon juice, jam and gin. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of plum.
I love this cocktail. It’s perfect for sipping out on the deck while reading a good book. Or for pounding back one after another after a hard day. Nothing makes me feel better than fruity drinks. I heart them. Susan did an amazing job with this drink, it’s super pretty.
Thank you so much to Susan for guest posting for me today. It was so nice to have some time off this week. I was certainly exhausted after getting home from Seattle, so having a few days to recover from the trip was wonderful.
Be sure to follow Susan’s blog, The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. Also make sure you stalk Susan on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I suggest following her everywhere. She posts amazing treats all over social media so she will keep you inspired.
Tune in tomorrow to see what my next guest blogger whipped up for you. Tomorrow brings us a yummy drink from Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts.
Toodles and smoochies! xx