So The Jess and I went to the Farmer's Market on Thursday, and it is most definitely stone fruit season. We came back with all sorts of plums, peaches, and cherries, all at peak perfection. This means only one thing...
Time to start muddling!
There is nothing nicer than fresh fruit, sugar, and spirits all muddled together, so I invented a couple of coolers over the past two nights, both turned out beautifully!
1 red plum, cut into small pieces
1.5 oz vodka (I used Hangar One, but any non-infused vodka will work)
2 brown sugar cubes (but simple syrup or white sugar cubes will work)
either lemonade or tonic water
put fruit, sugar and liquor into Collins glass and muddle vigorously until sugar dissolved and fruit well-pulped. Add ice until glass 2/3 full. Top off with either lemonade (my favorite) or tonic water (Jess' favorite) Stir well with bar spoon. Garnish with whatever you want, I didn't bother, wanted to start drinking.
This drink was fantastic, crisp and cold, sweet and sour alternating. There was more lemon up front, then tart plum at the end.
Make It Peachy
1/2 peach, cut into small pieces
1.5 oz bourbon (I used Maker's Mark, the king of all bourbons)
one brown sugar cube (again, syrup or white sugar is fine)
put fruit, sugar and liquor into Collins glass and muddle vigorously until sugar dissolved and fruit well-pulped. Add ice until glass 2/3 full. Top with lemonade. Stir well with bar spoon. This drink is too delicious for commentary, just make yourself one!
The muddling of the fruit with the spirits and sugar just opens it up and brings out unreal flavor. These are perfect long drinks to enjoy outside. My muddler works fine, but I'm still waiting for Captain Sizzle to get me one of his handmade speciality muddlers!