Ode to Plum

For the Eskell Holiday Party, we did two Asian themed cocktails. The first was a sake cocktail using plum (in season!) and pink peppercorns. The plums, when cooked down in their skin, give the cocktail a lovely pink and pink peppercorns give it a subtle bite.

Ode to Plum
2oz Sake
3/4 oz Plum Pink Peppercorn Syrup
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Gin

Shake above on ice and strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a few pink peppercorns that you crush between your fingers.

Notes: We used Gekkeihan Sake, a mid-range, very drinkable sake that is widely available. It's also pretty inexpensive at either Mitsuwa or Joong Boo Market in Chicago.

We found the pink peppercorns at the Spice House. P.S. pink peppercorn are actually a dried berry grown in Peru, so don't be scared to eat the entire thing. They are much milder than real peppercorn and have some floral notes.

Don't forget to taste the syrup while you're making it as the plums may take awhile to impart an intense flavor. Also, feel free to decrease the amount of lemon juice when you are mixing the cocktail as some tasters found the cocktail too tart.

This would make a great punch because of its relatively low alcohol content, and it's pretty pink color. It's also a great introduction for those who are new to sake.

I'll leave you with a favorite poem that my dad taught me long ago...

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

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