Plum Ginger Coolers

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The other day I was over at my mom’s house and she asked what she should do with the leftover ginger she had from another recipe and I immediately told her MAKE A GINGER SYRUP. That’s always what I do or I throw ginger into a fresh juice concoction. Plum Ginger Coolers // shutterbean

If you have a few rogue plums lying around you can make a Plum Ginger syrup with those!

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And then you can make a refreshing drink with the beautiful tangy sweet magenta syrup. Sparkling water, lemon juice and gin (my favorite!) pair nicely with plum ginger syrup, you’re gonna want to make sure you always have leftover ginger in your house.

And we’re off!

The lemons are for later btw!

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Sugar, plums and fresh grated ginger go into a pot. Water is added. Mixture is boiled.

If you are looking for a ginger grater, I highly recommend this Ginger Grater. It’s fab.

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Then you let it sit until it cools off. We’re steeping the ginger this way!

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Now we strain into a jar.  I made a mess…try taking a picture while you’re doing it!

YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN.

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Now we gather our ingredients to make a cocktail!  It’s perfectly fine without booze but you know….BOOZE is BOOZE.  Lemons and sliced plums enter the picture. If I had crystalized ginger, I would have poked a piece on a fancy toothpick with a plum to make it extra pretty but you know…imaginations are cool.

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I used highball glasses for this endeavor which is totally cool if you want a more diluted drink.

If you want it more concentrated and super plum-my (plummy?) use a shorty glass.

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Gin goes in after we put down our plum ginger base. Lemon juice is next.

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Sparkling water on top!

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Plum garnish.

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Pretty bottoms.

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Looking mighty fine and totally refreshing.

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Now go ahead and stir it up!

Plum Ginger Coolers

makes 8 drinks

recipe slightly adapted from Everyday Food Magazine

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 plums, cut into 1/2 inch wedges, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (from 3 lemons)
  • 12 oz. gin
  • sparkling water

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, 2 plums, ginger and 1 cup of water to a boil and cook 3 minutes. Let cool completely. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh strainer. Set aside.

Fill eight glasses with ice. To each, add 3-4 tablespoons syrup, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1 1/2 oz. gin. Divide remaining uncooked plum among glasses. Top each glass with sparkling water and serve.

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  • July 14, 2014

    I’d love plum ginger syrup on everything! What a great flavor combo and no doubt, these are some fab cocktails! pinned

  • yum.. this looks delicious. could definitely kick back with one of these now! love the flavour combination. thanks for the awesome recipe!

  • July 14, 2014

    These are such pretty cocktails! You had me laughing at trying to take a photo while pouring. Story of my life. I’ve completely missed the glass before :)

  • Francine
    July 14, 2014

    These look amazing! “Booze is Booze” is the best thing I’ve read all week, lol. I’m looking for a blue tinted drink we can serve at an upcoming baby shower – any ideas?

  • July 14, 2014

    Yummy! I love the idea of making ginger syrup! Didn’t even know that was a thing.

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • July 14, 2014

    Um… these are GORGEOUS. Seriously. We make ginger syrup a lot, but it never crossed my mind to throw plums into the mix.

  • July 14, 2014

    Ohh I love this idea! Ginger syrup? Sold!

  • kim
    July 14, 2014

    how are the plums divided? two in the syrup and garnish with one?

    • Tracy
      July 14, 2014

      correct!

  • July 14, 2014

    this looks SOOOOOOO good! the plum syrup is so pretty! i never have plums lying around. i may have to buy some specifically for ginger plum coolers :)

    it’s weird, i love plums, but i never buy them. i think it’s because when i do, they’re always sour. in my mind they should be super sweet.

  • July 14, 2014

    I agree – ginger syrup is always the solution — esp when it results in something like this!

  • July 14, 2014

    I am all about pink drinks this summer. I have to get on this.

  • July 14, 2014

    Love the colors and the contrast with the ginger and sweet plums :)

  • July 14, 2014

    Love this drink SO MUCH, esp. ginger syrup part. What a refreshing & lovely drink that is :)
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Ginger syrup and plums! I can’t wait for the warmer weather to make these for my friends and I! I know it’s thinking ahead, but I think these will be a perfect Christmas cocktail for those of us in the southern hemisphere! Happy Summer-ing Tracy :)

  • Jenna
    July 14, 2014

    Yum! I have some left over ginger (which usually just ends up getting withered and thrown away)and since I’m pregnant AND have a cold (and it’s not plum season here in Sydney) I might make this with lemon zest/ juice instead of the plum & minus the gin :)

  • maija
    July 14, 2014

    BOOZE IS BOOZE. Perfection.

  • These look so pretty! And delicious. And you are right. Booze is booze!!

  • July 15, 2014

    I’ve been thinking of making a syrup/ cordial from raspberries. Never thought about using stone fruit. Can’t wait for summer here in Australia!

  • July 15, 2014

    Looks yummy :) Great idea! :)

  • July 16, 2014

    Oh, this will be happening in my kitchen – real soon!

  • fariha
    July 17, 2014

    looks delish! do you think i could sub cherries or raspberries for the plums? (thats what i have lying around at home)

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