Plum Ginger Whiskey Sour

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My husband and I are not big drinkers.  In the summertime we do enjoy a flute of champagne or a fun drink on a hot summer night.   I usually end up using fresh fruits to make something refreshing.

Plum Ginger Whiskey Sour is a refreshing cocktail.

I’ve been on a bit of a plum kick since I’ve been getting them so cheap at the farmer’s market.  I recently made a tasty Plum Ginger syrup with fresh ginger and fresh plums in a simple syrup.  It’s a gorgeous jeweled purple color and packs a lot of flavor.  I’ve been using it to flavor my iced tea and lemonade but I thought it would be great in a cocktail as well.

Plum Ginger Whiskey Sour

I used the plum ginger syrup to make a plum ginger whiskey sour.    All I added was a little bourbon, a little lemon juice, and a little orange juice to the plum ginger syrup then I poured it over ice and garnished it with a plum slice.  It was sweet, tart, and very refreshing.   As I sipped at it the ice began melting and mellowed the flavor slightly.  This is a great summer cocktail for drinking out on the veranda.

Plum Ginger Whiskey Sour is a refreshing cocktail.

Plum Ginger Whiskey Sour

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A refreshing cocktail that is sweet and tart with fresh plum ginger syrup.


For the cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 1/2 oz. Plum Ginger Syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. fresh orange juice
  • fresh plum slice
  • candied ginger

For the Plum Ginger Syrup:

  • 4 plums, quartered
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1 c. sugar


  1. To make the Plum Ginger Syrup, Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture and place in a clear jar.
  4. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  5. Combine the bourbon, plum ginger syrup, lemon juice, and orange juice in a shaker with ice.
  6. Shake for 30 seconds.
  7. Strain over a rocks glass filled with ice.
  8. Garnish with a plum slice and a piece of candied ginger.


Recipe adapted from A Spicy Perspective

Plum Ginger Whiskey Sour is a sweet and tart beverage perfect for summer

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