A week ago, Heather and I received some extra red plums in our CSA box. We had some rum lying around and, with the random spikes in LA's temperature, I had been craving a cocktail with a touch of mint. So the Plum Runner was born. This cocktail starts off with a nice sugar cane flavor and the plum/mint combo give it a clean and refreshing finish.
Plum Runner Cocktail:
1 whole red plum, quartered and pitted
10 mint leaves
.75 oz lemon juice
.25 simple syrup
1.5 oz. gold rum (i like Appleton VX)
Muddle a ripe red plum thoroughly. Add mint leaves and gently press the oils out with the muddler. Add remaining liquid ingredients and ice, and shake until chilled. Strain through a mesh strainer into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and plum slice.