Backyard BBQ

Bourbon Sour With Honey-Plum Syrup

June 12, 2021
3 Ratings
Photo by Elliott Clark
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Makes 1 cocktail
Test Kitchen Notes

"This drink is perfect for the last days of summer, and the ushering in of a new season," says our Resident Bartender, Elliott Clark. "The base spirit—I chose Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which is light-bodied with a spicy flavor profile—is always the inspiration for any crowd-pleasing cocktail. This specific spirit meshes with many different ingredients, but for a light, late-season cocktail it works well with citrus and other bright fruits." The combination equals a highly sip-able drink just about anyone would enjoy.

This recipe is shared in partnership with Basil Hayden's®.

Basil Hayden's® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 40% Alc./Vol. ©2020 Kentucky Springs Distilling Co., Clermont, KY —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • For the cocktail:
  • 2 parts Basil Hayden's® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3/4 part fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 part honey-plum syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • For the honey-plum syrup:
  • 2-3 fresh plums, sliced
  • 2 cups honey
  1. For the cocktail:
  2. Combine all ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, and shake until well combined. Strain into a rocks glass over ice, and garnish with a plum wedge and lemon peel.
  1. For the honey-plum syrup:
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine 1 cup of water and the sliced plums. Bring to a light simmer until the plums begin to split and release the juice. Add in 2 cups of honey, and gently stir to combine.
  3. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool. Strain out the plum solids and store the syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

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Elliott Clark, also known as the Apartment Bartender, is a well-respected tastemaker, cocktail creator, spirits writer, and photographer in the spirits industry. What started out as a hobby for making cocktails at home has developed into a full-blown career that takes Elliott all over the world mixing drinks for some of the world’s most notable brands, and making the world of spirits more accessible to the at-home cocktail enthusiast.

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