Plum Shrub Bourbon Cocktail

Plum Shrub Bourbon Cocktail

It feels like a year and a day since I last made a Drink Up, Buttercup post. Ever the imbiber (in a healthy way!), I’ve surprised myself recently by sticking to the absolute classics: my old standby, the Whisky Sour, has been a prominent order recently, as has the occasional Old Fashioned and Gin Fizz. It’s been a surprisingly refreshing change from my usual fare of eclectic cocktails, but now that I’ve settled down somewhat, I think it’s time to shake this up a bit. And what better beverage to start with than a Plum Shrub Bourbon Cocktail?

The shrub cocktail is an interesting beast. It’s a bit more balanced as a beverage, and while it’s easy to make, it doesn’t make use of more traditional ingredients, like citrus or simple syrup. The result is a complex drink that can please just about any palette. The only slightly annoying part is that you have to make the shrub first, which is a bit time-consuming. But trust me, the result pays off dividends. And, if you’re a big fan of bourbon (like me!), you’ll be surprised how many different dimensions a plum shrub adds to a plain glass of bourbon. And, perhaps most importantly, a plum shrub bourbon cocktail is pretty much the perfect drink for fall. So drink up, buttercups.

Plum Shrub Bourbon CocktailPLUM SHRUB BOURBON COCKTAIL (originally from HONESTLYyum)


  1. 2 oz bourbon (sweet)
  2. 3/4 oz plum shrub (directions here)
  3. 1/4 oz dry Amontillado sherry
  4. 1 large/oversized cube of ice
  5. slice of plum for garnish


Add ingredients to a mixing glass. Fill mixing glass with ice. Stir for 30 seconds like a champ. Insert the ice-cube into an old fashioned glass. Strain the cocktail and enjoy your classy beverage.


For another perfect autumn beverage, check out my recipe for a fig whisky sour! Recipe and photos originally from HonestlyYum — all rights reserved. Definitely check them out if you’re a fan of cocktail recipes!

  • Latrina | Of Trees & Hues

    Oh. My. Gosh.

    I am currently loving orange in my bourbon but plum!? I never would have thought.. but this sounds SO good. I will have to try this! I love your cocktails, girl. :)

    • Amanda

      ahh that makes me so happy! definitely let me know how it goes – I found the plum to be refreshing and oddly perfect for counterbalancing the heaviness of the bourbon. hurray whisky!! :)

  • Angel Y.

    You’re so talented to come up with cocktail ideas! I’m clueless when it comes to mixing drinks but this looks wonderful.

    • Amanda

      you’re so sweet! this one actually came from HonestlyYum, and they have consistently excellent cocktails if you’d like to try your hand at mixing :)

  • Marlen

    I LOVE bourbon and im always looking for some fun new cocktails to make with it. This one sounds so delicious. Aaaaand pin for my next party :)

    xo marlen
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    • Amanda

      oh man, I’m so with you! PLEASE let me know how it goes for you — IMO, the plum + bourbon combo is pretty unbeatable :) cheers!

  • Kate

    This looks like a great idea!

    • Amanda

      thanks, doll!