Beach Plum Gin Liqueur
This fruity, yet bittersweet liqueur is an oh-so-American take on a British classic.
Sloe gin is a famous English liqueur made by infusing gin with sloe drupes (say what?!), a relative of plums. Greenhook Ginsmiths was inspired to use local beach plums instead, which can only be found growing along the dunes and beaches of the Northeast each summer. They infuse their distinctive gin with the whole fruit (the traditional, labor-intensive method), then add some organic turbinado sugar to balance out the tart plum. There is roughly a pound of plums in each bottle (nice foraging!).
The final spirit has the flavor of the liqueur, but the gin still plays a leading role, so it's a terrific base for punches and an inspiring variation for gin cocktails that call for fruit juices.
tip of the tongue
We're thinking Greenhook Ginsmith's Plank Road Cup (a variation on a Pimm's Cup) sounds incredibly refreshing: Mix 1 1/2 oz Beach Plum Gin Liqueur and 1 1/2 oz Lillet rose in a wine glass. Line the inside of the glass with 3 thin slices of cucumber and 2 slices of strawberry. Fill with ice and garnish with a slice each of strawberry and cucumber.
30% alcohol by volume; comes in a 750ml bottle.