Queen Bee Mixology

Island Plum Sour


Yes, you read that correctly, the Queen Bee has another decedent sour cocktail recipe for you to enjoy this weekend! The Island Plum Sour is a cocktail that is filled with both classic and exotic cocktail ingredients, providing a sipping experience like no other. I’ve been mixing up so many cocktails at home in my free time these days, I can’t even begin to count how many new recipes I have to share. However, the Island Plum Sour has became a standout libation and I can’t wait to walk you through it so you can try it for yourself.

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The base we’ll be working with in this sour cocktail is gin. As far as spirits go, it never steers me wrong! It’s versatile and perfect for experimentation. But, I didn’t use any regular gin, I actually had a bottle of jasmine & rose gin stocked in my home bar. To me, it seemed like an ideal spirit to incorporate in a flavorful cocktail recipe, and I did just that. The floral notes from the jasmine and rose match perfectly with those well known herbal, piney notes that gin has.

Giving this cocktail its plum element, I poured in some plum shrub. This is an ingredient that I don’t have too much experience working with but it did not disappoint! It’s a vinegar-based fruit syrup that can be enjoyed in many different ways, and cocktails is one of them. This plum shrub not only gives a subtle fruity touch to the recipe but it also works well to balance out the acidity from the lemon juice.

Plum shrub may be a syrup, but it’s not known for its sweetness. Since it’s a vinegar-based syrup it has a tart and tangy kick to it, so I went ahead and added some simple syrup to sweeten the drink up a bit.

Finally, to elevate the sipping experience I wanted to make sure this cocktail had a smooth, velvety texture. Egg whites when shaken in a cocktail shaker create a beautiful cloud-like froth that sits at the very top of your drink. This easy addition makes each sip of this Island Plum Sour that much better!


Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.⁠ Dry shake for 30 seconds.⁠


Step 2: Add ice into the shaker and shake once again to chill.⁠


Step 3: Strain into a coupe glass and garnish.

A blend of floral and fruity flavors come together to create this Island Plum Sour. Smooth and refreshing, this is a cocktail that’s meant to be enjoyed after a long week while kicking back and relaxing.

Island Plum Sour




  1. Step 1 – Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.⁠ Dry shake for 30 seconds.⁠
  2. Step 2 – Add ice into the shaker and shake once again to chill.⁠
  3. Step 3 – Strain into a coupe glass and garnish.
Tags: Gin, Floral, Foamy, Herbal

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