Went plum picking with my Mother at her friend Betsy's house in Factoria/Bellevue. These ladies are docents at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens and really know how to make things grow! We have been lucky enough to be able to pick Betsy's trees for about three years now. St. Rosa Plum & Hanger One Raspberry Vodka Martini
1.5-2 oz. Hanger One Raspberry Vodka
(if you can't find it, replace with other berry vodka
2oz. Fresh lime juice, simple sugar & St. Rosa plum juice
Pour into Martini shaker half filled with ice and shake 30 seconds
Pour into pretty martini glass and garnish with mint or fresh raspsberry on a cocktail pick.
To juice the plums, bring pitted plums to a boil in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Stir, on and off for 10 minutes, turn off heat. Cool. Pour into cone shaped sieve-chinois, let run freely, then press until plup is medium dry. This will give you great thin juice for the martini and you can still use the remaining plup and juice to make St. Rosa plum sorbet. Here is a recipe, but I just use 2.5 cups plup & juice and a Cusinart ice cream maker, put the plup in, and turn it on. I drizzle the sugar in, put in a pinch of salt and then a 1/4 cup milk or half and half. In 30 minutes, if you time it right while eating dinner, you have this great sorbet, semi-soft from the ice cream maker!
You may use Purple Prun Plums, (this is a purple plum cake recipe I love) they come later at the end of summer, or black berries......these produce the most wonderful color drink or sorbet!