Plum Coolers

Photo: Andrew Purcell

Infusing simple syrup with fresh plums gives this drink something special and makes a pretty rosy layer. The plums you use to make the syrup become soft and sweet -- perfect for serving over ice cream. For an instant party, serve these delicious drinks with Crostini with Green Apple and Prosciutto.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 plums, cut into ½-inch wedges, divided

  • cup lemon juice (from 3 lemons)

  • 12 ounces vodka

  • Seltzer


  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, 2 plums, and 1 cup water to a boil and cook 3 minutes. Let cool completely. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh sieve. (To store, refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 2 weeks.)

  2. Fill eight glasses with ice. To each, add 3 tablespoons syrup, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1 1/2 ounces vodka. Divide remaining uncooked plum among glasses, top with seltzer, and serve.

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