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 COCKTAIL (originally from HONESTLYyum)
- 2 oz bourbon (sweet)
- 3/4 oz plum shrub (directions here)
- 1/4 oz dry Amontillado sherry
- 1 large/oversized cube of ice
- 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!