The folks at Highball & Harvest are serious about their cocktails. After all, highball is part of its name (although it’s a winking reference to a train reference).
In this episode of On the House, bartender Noelle Benlolo demonstrates the restaurant’s Chickasaw Trails cocktail. Its named for the Chickasaw plum that grows in the northern part of the state, and plum syrup is part of the recipe.
Watch the video, then highball it over to the bar and give it a try.
2 ounces Enlightened Grains Vodka
2 ounces Plum Syrup (recipe below)
1/4 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce cranberry juice
Rosemary tincture (recipe below)
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake vigorously. Spray coupe glass with rosemary tincture and strain cocktail into glass.
8 plums, preferably Chickasaw
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3 star anise
1 ounce lemon juice
8 cups water
Combine all ingredients in a pan, bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool then strain.
2 cups vodka
Handful of fresh rosemary
Bruise rosemary by crushing with hands. Combine with vodka in a mason jar. Cover and let sit in a dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Strain into a spray bottle.