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Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Plum Blossom

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
Here is a unique and refreshing cocktail using plums, which are in season right now. This beverage uses Aperol, an Italian bitter liquor with the flavors of Rhubarb and citrus. It's available at Susan’s Wines and Liquors — a fantastic shop, well-stocked with exotic ingredients — in the shopping center near Tiny’s and Ziggy’s, at the intersection of St Francis and Cerrillos. This recipe makes 8 drinks, so I hope you have some thirsty friends.

4 medium plums (about 10 ounces) pitted
1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
8 ounces Aperol
1 bottle chilled sparkling wine

First you need to make the plum puree. Combine the ripe pitted plums with the simple syrup and the lemon juice in the blender and puree till smooth. Strain mixture through a fine sieve, and it's ready to go. This can be made up to one day ahead. Now to make each cocktail pour one ounce of puree into 8 champagne flutes, stir in 1 ounce of Aperol and top up with sparkling wine. Now you are ready to go!