This Mess Is Ours
Vanilla bean & plum is one of my go-to flavor combinations for summer! While I love combining these flavors in baked goods, my favorite way to indulge is with a simple syrup that I can use for easy cocktails and homemade sodas!
– chopped plums – sugar – water – vanilla bean split in half
Combine the plums, sugar, water, and vanilla bean in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
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 making a soda, fill your glass with ice. Then fill the glass half full with syrup and top with champagne or sparkling water.