An obvious play on the hit movie, "Slumdog Millionaire," the Plumdog Millionaire is a very unique and innovative cocktail recipe that you simply have to try. It was created by John Freeman for Bulldog Gin and is an excellent use of the London dry with a poppy and dragon's eye twist.
It's rather rare that plums make an appearance in cocktails and even more unusual for it to be paired with lavender. It works, though! The primary plum flavor comes from plum wine (a sweet-sour liqueur that's also called umeshu), a favorite product of Japan that rivals the popularity of sake. It is the perfect complement to a gin as complex as Bulldog and the two bold flavors are lightly accented with Dry Sparkling Lavender Soda.
This is a cocktail that's too good to keep to yourself, so be sure to share with friends! You'll find it to be an excellent match for almost any meal featuring Asian cuisine.
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Garnish by floating the plum slice on top of the drink.
Serve and enjoy!
- The lavender sugar rim really sets this drink over the top. Don't skip it if you want to enjoy the Plumdog Millionaire's full experience. Luckily, lavender sugar is easy to make: Place 1 tablespoon lavender in a food processor and chop it into small pieces for about 15 seconds, add 1 cup of white sugar and blend, then whisk in 1 additional cup of sugar.
- To wet the rim, rub a citrus fruit around the edge of the glass or dip it into a small dish of plum wine before dipping it into the sugar.
- If you cannot find Dry's version (it's getting easier as the company's distribution grows), you can make your own lavender soda by combining about 2 ounces of lavender syrup with 4 to 6 ounces of club soda. Adjust these amounts to suit your taste.
- For another homemade ingredient, try the maesil ju recipe. It's Korea's version of plum wine that uses soju, honey, brown sugar, and green plums.
Serve this drink on the rocks if you prefer. As written, the recipe is the ideal volume for an old-fashioned glass. It's also a lovely spritzer when served in a tall glass; add more soda to fill.