Archive | December 22, 2011

Sloe Sugarplum Fizz from the Too Hot Tamales

By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson


1.5 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin
0.5 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 fresh Plum, roughly chopped
0.25 oz Agave Syrup (see below)
1 to 2 splashes Club Soda

1 slice fresh plum dipped in sugar, for garnish

Add sloe gin, lemon juice, plum, and agave syrup to a mixing glass
Muddle plum to release juices and flavor
Shake with ice and strain into a collins glass filled with ice
Top with club soda and garnish with plum slice 

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