It’s stone fruit season! We are celebrating with this muddled plum and herb tequila cocktail that is utterly refreshing. Please welcome the Plum Smash.
For this tequila cocktail, we used a super smooth, reasonably-priced tequila, Suerte Reposado. With four different bottles ranging from Blanco to Extra Añejo, Suerte makes their single-distillery tequila by slow–roasting and crushing agave in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. All of their bottles are 100% tahona, which means each roasted piña is slowly crushed under large stones to release its juices, rather than being hastily shredded. This process is best for releasing all the flavors of agave before it goes on to fermentation. Their team is made up of friends, with two based in Boulder, CO and the master distiller on sight in Jalisco. Why the rabbit on the bottle? Each Suerte glass is printed with the tale of tequila and an observant farmer’s wife who noticed a rabbited getting tipsy as it nibbled on an fermenting agave. And the rest is history. Delicious, sip-able history.
Plus, Suerte Añejo just won the Best of Class Platinum award at the SIP International Spirits Comp, which is the largest competition that utilizes consumers as judges in blind taste tests. The people love it!
With notes of butterscotch, plum and oak naturally found in this Reposado tequila, we decided to play off of those warm aromas and flavors and turn them into a refreshing cocktail for stone fruit season. We’ve tried this cocktail a few different ways so be prepared to get creative. Consider swapping seltzer for ginger beer or the basil for jalapeño if you like a little spice. Can’t find ripe plums at your market? Grab a juicy peach instead! This cocktail is forgiving and can be catered to your taste, while still highlighting the delicious tequila.
- 2 1/2 ounces Suerte Reposado Tequila
- 1 whole small ripe plum (pit removed and sliced)
- 4 large fresh basil leaves (or 3 sliced of jalapeño if you'd prefer a spicy drink)
- juice of half of a lime
- maple syrup to taste
- 2 ounces sparkling water or ginger beer
- In a cocktail shaker or mason jar with a tight-fitting lid, muddle the plum and basil or jalapeño with the tequila.
- Add ice to the shaker, along with the lime juice and maple syrup, if desired. We like to add a splash of maple syrup if the plum we are using is not very sweet naturally. Start with a small amount and add more after you have shaken with ice and tasted it.
- Shake until the shaker is cold and strain into a fresh glass. Top with a splash of sparkling water or ginger beer and garnish with a slice of plum and basil leave or jalapeño slice.
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