October sneaked in on me, it’s getting colder, even in the South. Although we are blessed with gorgeous weather throughout the day, the nights really cooled off. Yet it’s not the time to give you the fall speech for me, you know… get your blankets out, heat up the fireplace and make yourself some hot chocolate. No. No, that’s too soon. But it’s about time to make this liqueur before the plums disappear from the market and it also needs to sit for some weeks to develop the flavor. And you want to be ready when the fall weather kicks in and you need something to sip on to warm up from the inside?!
This recipe is quite easy and will only take you a couple of minutes to prepare. The flavored bourbon has a lavish dark purple color and looks alluring in little bottles. I like to keep some around not just for personal use, they are always a welcomed gift. The flavor is fruity, just a little sweet and a kick from the bourbon.
- 450 g / 1 lb. fresh plums
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks
- 185 g / ¾ cup turbinado or other raw sugar
- 600 ml / 2 ½ cups bourbon
- Cut the plums in half and every half in three pieces. Keep the stones.
- In a clean jar or bottle with a wide neck, add all ingredients, also the stones. Make sure the plums are covered with bourbon and doesn’t stick out, add more bourbon if necessary.
- Let stand for at least 3 up to 6 weeks. Shake the jar from time to time. The sugar will dissolve after some days.
- Afterwards strain the liqueur through a fine strainer and fill in a bottle.