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Sugar Plum Fairy's Plum Drink - New Year's Eve Cocktail

The Sugar Plum Fairy is coming to town with her magical plum drink, just in time for New Year's Eve. This plum cocktail is so easy to make with plum liqueur, grapefruit, rum and something bubbly like Champagne, Prosecco or just sparkling water! If you're as feisty as the Sugar Plum Fairy add a little extra interest with fresh thyme. 

 

Three coupe and dessert wine glasses with Sugar Plum Fairy's drink.

 

This plum drink is lightly sweetened from the plum liqueur, tart from the grapefruit juice and fizzy with the champagne. Rum and thyme make the drink stronger in spice and in alcohol, perfect for a New Year's Eve party.

 

Ingredients

 

It couldn't be much simpler to get this complex and exquisite flavor:

 

  1. Plum liqueur: I used homemade plum liqueur in this recipe, courtesy of my sister's in-laws, however, you can use store bought if you like! It should be sweet and of course a delicate flavor of plums. Aim for 20% alcohol content, e.g. plum grappa is way too strong to get the flavor of plum through!
  2. Rum: I was thinking gin would be great in this recipe, as well as vodka, but I ended up with light rum because hello - it's the Sugar Plum Fairy's cocktail and rum is a product of sugar canes. Rum is also very mild and easy to like, so it's perfect for a party.
  3. Grapefruit juice: I LOVE grapefruit, especially mixed with something sweet. Mixed with something sweet, it subdues the bitterness, and all that is left is a delicate, tart and delicious flavor. That's why it's also so good in this mulled grapefruit cider or simple grapefruit mimosas.
  4. Thyme: Is just for a little extra spice considering the Sugar Plum Fairy is quite lively! It's just a slight hint of it, so it is easily omittable. 
  5. Prosecco or sparkling water: I usually just use sparkling water, but for a New Year's party we got to have it extra, right? Champagne or Prosecco make the cocktail just that more festive.
  6. Sugar rim with silver dust: It kind of looks like snow, don't you think? And again, SUGAR Plum Fairy. A salt rim would be wrong, and the sugar rim is delish. The drink isn't overly sweet, so the sugar rim adds to the sweetness. It can of course be omitted. 

 

Ingredients to make this plum drink.

 

New Year's Cocktails

 

I'm thinking that New Year's Cocktails should be

  • easy to make in general
  • they should be easy to make as a pitcher,
  • and they should preferably be bubbly.

 

The three drinks seen from above.

 

And this Sugar Plum Fairy's plum drink are all those! However, there are plenty other drinks that would be perfect for New Year's Eve or any big party. For example:

 

 

Plum colored drink in a coupe glass.

 

You will definitely find something you fancy, they are all easy to like with a mild flavor. You can also replace the rum with gin, making it a delicious plum gin recipe with a stronger flavor!

 

How to make it 

 

Prepare the sugar rim: Add sugar and silver dust to a plate and stir to combine. If you don't have silver dust, simply skip it. On another plate, add grapefruit juice. 

 

Take your preferred glass, I really love coupé glasses for this, but you can choose whatever. Place it upside down in the grapefruit juice, and then place it on the plate with the sugar. Set the glasses aside while you prepare the cocktail. 

 

Coupe glass with a plum cocktail.

 

In a shaker, add all ingredients apart from the sparkling water or Prosecco. Add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, to chill the drink. Strain into glasses. Top with the bubbly. Enjoy!

 

Three cocktails with a vintage pink-orange color.

 

Did you like this recipe? Here are more drinks I think you would like:

 

 

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Three coupe and dessert wine glasses with Sugar Plum Fairy's drink.

Sugar Plum Fairy's Plum Drink - New Year's Eve Cocktail

Yield: 3 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This plum drink is lightly sweetened, tart and fizzy - just what you need for the perfect New Year's Eve cocktails!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, for sugar rim (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon silver dust, for sugar rim (optional)
  • ½ cup grapefruit juice (125 milliliters, about 1 grapefruit)
  • 3 ounces plum liqueur (6 tablespoons)
  • 3 ounces light rum (6 tablespoons)
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme (optional)
  • 6 ounces Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling water (180 milliliters)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the sugar rim: Add sugar and silver dust to a plate and stir to combine. If you don't have silver dust, simply skip it. On another plate, add grapefruit juice. 
  2. Take your preferred glass, I really love coupé glasses for this, but you can choose whatever. Place it upside down in the grapefruit juice, and then place it on the plate with the sugar. Set the glasses aside while you prepare the cocktail. 
  3. In a shaker, add grapefruit juice (also what you had on the plate), plum liqueur, light rum and fresh thyme if using. Add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, to chill the drink. Strain into 3 glasses. Top with Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling water. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 3.7gFiber: 0gSugar: 2.7gProtein: 0.3g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate, estimate for informational purposes only.

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