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Local Libations: Plum Tea Cooler

2010 August 13

by Kat Durant

Brianna’s sweet and peanutty slaw put me in the mood to create a cooling cocktail with Asian undertones. What a different starting point from last week’s feeling of Europe and the days of peasants….who knew cabbage could be so versatile! Like last week’s drink, this week’s cocktail calls for vodka but it couldn’t be more different from my Basil Martini.

I had on hand some sweet petite Satsuma Japanese plums from Tierra Miguel Farm that I thought would nicely compliment the flavors of the slaw.  Along with the vodka and the plums I decided to use sake, black tea and ginger liquor. The sake I chose was TYKU’s Junmai Ginjo grade sake from Forest Grove, Oregon. Sake is graded by the percentage of rice polished away in the milling process, the more polished the rice the more refined the sake becomes. Ginjo grade sake is lighter and more fruity so I thought it would be a great match for our plums.  The other key ingredient for this drink is the spicy and sweet Canton Ginger Liquor.  It‘s a wonderful liquor to have on hand, it’s tasty and versatile and can even be mixed with gin and whiskey.

Kick back  and relax with this sweet and gingery Plum Tea Cooler on a warm summer night!

Plum Tea Cooler

Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Tools: Cocktail shaker, muddler and shot glass


  • 2 small plums
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. “Junmai ginjo” sake
  • 1/2 oz. Canton ginger liquor
  • splash of black iced tea (unsweetened)
  • 1 slice ginger

Cooking Directions

  1. Place 2 plums in bottom of cocktail shaker and use the muddler to crush them.
  2. Add vodka, sake, ginger liquor and ice to the shaker and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into an ice filled cocktail glass, leaving room for a splash of black tea.
  4. Top with the black tea, garnish with a slice of ginger.
  5. Enjoy!

  • Hootigrrl

    where does the vodka go?

    • Anonymous

      It goes in the shaker with the sake & ginger liquor. Sorry about that, thanks for pointing out the omission! The directions have been adjusted to include the vodka.