Sweet, seasonal red plums color this hot pink hard lemonade naturally. No added sugar required! Perfect with some mint from the garden!
Sugary cocktails plus hot weather just give me a headache. Each glass of this hard lemonade has a whole plum in it, so you don’t need white sugar to sweeten this summer cocktail.
Have you grabbed a plum at the store lately? Holy moly, are they good! They basically explode when you bite them, the sure sign that you have a good plum. This cocktail uses red plums to get a rich color and sweeter flavor. If you can only find yellow plums, you might need to add a little bit of sugar to your cocktail shaker for this recipe.
When I talk about red plums, I mean the flesh, not the skin of the plum. Red and yellow plums can both have dark purple skin, but a red plum is a deep merlot color on the inside. It’ so vibrant that you can even use it to dye fabric.
Drink your plum hard lemonade on the back porch or by the pool this summer. The multiplies easily, so you can whip up a whole pitcher of hard lemonade for summer sipping, if you want. Double, triple, or quadruple for a summer shindig!
Plum-Mint Hard Lemonade
To multiply this recipe, I’d recommend repeating step 1 until you have as much hard lemonade mix as you like. Strain into a pitcher, and pour into glasses full of ice. If you fill your pitcher with ice, your cocktail will get too watery as it sits.
Yield: 2 cocktails
- 2 whole plums, pitted and chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
- juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 3 ounces light rum
- 2 lemon rounds, for garnish
- 2 sprigs of fresh mint, for garnish
- In the bottom of a pint glass or cocktail shaker, muddle together the plums, mint, lemon juice, and rum. Make sure that you crush up the plum pieces really well – you want to get as much of that good, red plum juice out as you can!
- Strain into a glass full of ice, add your garnish, and serve.