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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Plum and Ginger Soda

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
The purple plums are really fantastic right now — the ones on my tree are almost ripe! So, I am in the plum mood, and I thought: why not do a drink with them? Just because I can't eat ginger doesn't mean you can't.

2 ripe plums, skin on, chopped
3 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup sugar
1 can club soda

Bring water to a boil. Toss in chopped plums, reduce heat, and simmer until plums are cooked and mushy and the liquid is bright red, about 15 to 20 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of simmering, toss in ginger slices. Turn off heat and stir in sugar until fully dissolved. Let cool. Strain liquid and discard solids. Add ice cubes to each glass and fill with plum syrup to two thirds of the way. Top with club soda, give each glass a stir, and serve. Needless to say a shot of liquor in this wouldn't hurt — maybe some vanilla-scented vodka?