Plum and Mr. Rye [Cocktail Recipe]

This twist on a Whisky Smash cocktail was created by Carlos Ramos, bar manager at Villa Azur in Miami Beach. Ramos calls it “fresh, zesty, and intriguing.”


  • 1½ oz. Tincup straight rye (or other straight rye)
  • 2 oz. plum shrub (recipe below)
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Mint sprig and plum slice for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Hard shake until chilled. Pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint and plum slice.

Try this: Replace the whisky with ginger beer.

Plum Shrub

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ red plums, sliced
  • 4 oz. honey
  • 4 oz. white wine vinegar
  • 2-3 cardamom pods

Combine water and sugar in a pan over low heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add plums and honey, stir, and bring to a low simmer for five minutes. Stir in vinegar and cardamom pods, and return to a simmer. Cool and strain into a glass jar, discarding the fruit. Keep refrigerated in a sealed jar for up to two weeks.

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