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RECIPE: THE LOVERS


Bright and bitter, tart and bubbly. Combine them to make something new and special!

prep time: 40 minutes serves: 7 or 14 difficulty: medium

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups (480 ml) tonic water
  • 2 tsp (6 g) liquorice root tea leaves
  • ⅛ tsp (0.3 g) red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup (6 g) hibiscus flower tea, dried whole
  • 1 grapefruit, finely zested and juiced
    • 3 Tbsp (18 g) grapefruit zest
    • ½ cup (125 ml) grapefruit juice
  • 4 black plums, pitted and diced
    • 2 cups (480 g) diced plum
  • ½ cup (120 ml) red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp (135 g) sugar, or equivalent substitute
  • ½ cup (120 ml) water
  • 2 cups (480 ml) sparkling water
  • 1 orange, cut into round ¼ inch slices

DIRECTIONS

Plum Shrub (yields 1¾ cups or 420 ml)
  1. In a blender, combine the red wine vinegar, diced plum, ½ cup sugar, and water.
  2. Blend at high speed until smooth.
  3. Pass through a fine mesh sieve, pressing firmly to extract more liquid. Discard solids.
  4. Seal and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks
Bitter Apératif (yields 1¾ cups or 420 ml)
  1. In a medium pot over high heat, add the tonic water, liquorice root tea, red pepper flakes, hibiscus flowers, and grapefruit zest.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pass through a fine sieve to remove solids.
  4. Let cool to room temperature, stir in 1 tbsp sugar and grapefruit juice.
  5. Seal and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks.

Per Sweet Serving

  • 2 oz Plum Shrub, chilled
  • 4 oz sparkling water
  1. Into a champagne flute, pour 2 oz Plum Shrub and 4 oz sparkling water.
  2. Stir gently to combine. Serve without a garnish.

Per Bitter Serving

  • 2 oz Bitter Apératif, chilled
  • 1 round orange slice
  1. Pour 2 oz Bitter Apératif into a short, 12 oz glass with ice.
  2. Stir lightly, then garnish with an orange slice placed inside.

Per Combined Serving

  • 2 oz Plum Shrub, chilled
  • 4 oz sparkling water
  • 2 oz Bitter Apératif, chilled
  • 1 round orange slice
  1. Prepare both servings separately, tasting both for contrast.
  2. Pour the Sweet serving into the Bitter serving, and stir to combine.
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