I am all about the homemade fruit syrups this summer! Maybe you hadn’t noticed, but I am pretty sure I have openly swooned about this new obsession here and here. My kids are enjoying all of the homemade sodas I have been whipping up and Todd and I have been indulging in some pretty decadent cocktails with them too. I am also admittedly addicted to the aroma of fresh fruit bubbling away on the stove; it is intoxicating!
I originally intended to make fruity soda’s with this syrup too, but there was this bottle of Moscato peering at me from the fridge shelf and I totally succumbed to the pressure. The cocktail is so tasty in fact that my friend Cara actually said it was almost too easy to sip down which can make it dangerous. Consider yourself warned, put away your keys and just enjoy the last days of summer while you sip on a glass of vanilla plum moscato.Print
- 2 1/2 cups chopped plums
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 vanilla bean split in half
- Combine the plums, sugar, and water in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Crush the fruit with a potato masher then add the vanilla bean to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the liquid has reduced and the mixture has thickened.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour the plum mixture into the strainer. Press on the solids with a spatula to extract all of the syrup then discard the solids. Allow the syrup to cool then store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
If you prefer to make a soda with this syrup simply place 2-3 ounces of syrup in a glass filled with ice and top with cold club soda. Stir to combine and enjoy!Print
- 1–2 ounces of vanilla plum syrup
- 1 cup Moscato or sparkling wine of your choice
- plum slices, optional
- Pour the syrup in the bottom of a wine glass and top with wine. Stir gently to mix and if desired, drop a few plum slices into the glass before serving.