Fresh Plum Margaritas are the talk of the season; believe me, they’re everything you didn’t know you needed in a cocktail!
Imagine the sweetness of ripe plums, a generous dose of tequila, and the zing of lime juice all in one perfect drink. So, grab your cocktail shaker, and let’s get mixing!
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Fresh Plum Margaritas
The star of this delicious tequila-based wonder is none other than fresh plums.
The best time to make this margarita recipe is during plum season, which will, of course, depend on where you live in the world. Generally, it is early/late summer into autumn.
However, plums are available year-round, so you can make plum cocktails any time of the year,
Opt for black plums, which add a vibrant hue to your cocktail.
Picture yourself sipping this fall margarita at your next happy hour party, dinner with friends, or sitting out in the fresh air on the deck.
For something sweet, celebrate another seasonal favorite—apples! Try our Foolproof Apple Tarte Tatin Recipe, Spiced Caramel Apple Skillet Cake with Pecans, or Apple Pie Spice Popcorn with Bourbon Sugar Pecans.
Margarita Ingredients & Equipment
Ingredients For Fresh Plum Margaritas
- Fresh Plums
- White Sugar
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Fresh Lime Zest
- Orange Juice – We’ve used orange juice instead of orange liqueur in this margarita. But we have increased the amount of tequila!
- Tequila – Use your favorite—silver, gold, or Blanco—it’s all good!
- For Garnish – Plum Slices
- For Glass Rim – Choose Margarita Salt, sea salt, or sugar crystals for your margarita glasses.
- Small Saucepan – for making the fresh plum simple syrup.
- Fine Mesh Strainer – for straining the cocktail into glasses.
- This cocktail is made in a blender. You ideally need one that can crush ice. We love our Ninja Blender for doing that job superbly!
- Cocktail Skewers are handy for skewering cherries and other cocktail fruits.
- Margarita Glass Rimmer Set – Or saucers for rimming the glasses with salt/sugar, etc.
- Margarita Glasses – or any kind of cocktail glasses you have.
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Plum Simple Syrup
It wouldn’t be a fresh plum margarita recipe without the use of plum simple syrup.
Of course, if you’re pressed for time, you could use ready-made plum syrup, but homemade is often best!
Making simple syrup is, well… simple!
Place your sliced plums in a medium saucepan with a half cup of water and some sugar.
Within just 5-7 minutes, you’ll find the plums soften into a fruit mixture that’s begging to be blended.
Let the plum reduction cool before you toss it into the blender with the rest of the margarita ingredients.
The use of a small fine mesh sieve will ensure that your fresh plum juice cocktail is smooth.
If you want to make extra syrup, you can store any leftover plum syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
Finally, don’t forget to garnish your serving glass with a plum slice or even some fresh mint leaves for that extra flair.
More Margarita Cocktails To Make
If you enjoy drinking margaritas, why not try some of our Unique Margarita Recipes:
Plum Margarita Variations
Here are some variations of the original cocktail recipe you might like to try.
- Fresh Plum-Thyme Bliss: Add a sprig of fresh thyme to the saucepan when making the syrup for a herbal twist. Remove the thyme sprig before blending your lovely plum-thyme margarita. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves.
- Berry Good: Use berry juice instead of orange juice. Garnish with fresh blackberries and raspberries.
- Cherry Plum: Mix in pomegranate cherry juice for added tartness. Garnish with maraschino cherries.
- Ginger Plum Margarita: For a fizzy kick, top your drink with ginger beer.
- Spiced Plum Margarita: Add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to your fresh plum syrup. Blend it into the margarita for a warm, spiced kick, perfect for fall!
- Plum Mojito Margarita: Create a hybrid by mixing fresh mint leaves and a splash of soda water with your plum syrup and using a half-half blend of white rum and tequila. It’s the best of both worlds!
- Tropical Plum Margarita: Integrate a tropical flair by combining coconut milk and a splash of pineapple juice in your cocktail. Serve it in a glass rimmed with shredded coconut!
- Plum and Lavender Elegance: Stir a few drops of Lavender Syrup into the blender when mixing the drink. This floral addition makes your cocktail an aromatic delight. Garnish with lavender.
- Smoky Plum Margarita: For a sultry, complex profile, add mezcal to your margarita instead of tequila. The smoky notes will contrast beautifully with the sweetness of the plum.
Virgin Plum Margarita Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
For non-drinkers, replace the alcohol in the recipe with club soda/soda water, lemon-lime soda, or carbonated lemonade.
If you like, add a dash of grenadine (pomegranate syrup) or cherry juice to the mix too.
Fresh Plum Mockaritas with Non-Alcoholic Spirits
For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic alternatives.
In the UK, try Lyre’s, which is also available on Amazon in the UK and Amazon.com.
Other brands include Strykk (UK) and Ritual (US & Canada). Non-alcoholic spirits are a growing trend, so be on the lookout in your local stores and online.
Follow the recipe card using the non-alcoholic alternatives listed above instead of the alcoholic ones.
Frozen Plum Margaritas
Want to turn this drink into a frozen slushie? Here’s how!
Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous handful of ice – then blend till smooth.
Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
You can do the same with the mocktail version too.
Big Batch of Plum Margaritas
Want to make a big batch of this plum cocktail for a party or gathering? The easiest way is to multiply the ingredients on the recipe card.
The recipe makes 2 margaritas, so for 6 drinks, multiply the recipe by 3; for 12 drinks, multiply the recipe by 6, and so on.
Add plenty of ice to your serving container to keep the cocktail chilled. Add some plum slices in there too.
While it’s best to enjoy the cocktail fresh to savor its flavors, you may have some left at the end of your party—don’t let it go to waste!
- Transfer it to an airtight pitcher or container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Or, to make it last longer, turn it into Plum Margarita Granita!
- Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water, and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily.
- Transfer the cocktail to a shallow freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for 6 hours (or overnight). You can add some simple syrup or another sweetener if desired.
- Use a fork to break the frozen cocktail into small pieces. Serve and enjoy!
- Or pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
- Use the cocktail cubes to chill and flavor future cocktails without diluting the drink.
Setting Up Your Cocktail Bar
When setting up your cocktail bar or serving area, you could include the following:
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
How Do I Make Fresh Plum Margaritas?
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For Glass Rim
- Lime Wedges
- Salt or Sugar
For the Margaritas
- 2 Plums, pit removed and cut into slices
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 Tbsp lime zest
- 2 oz orange juice
- 6 oz Tequila
- Ice Cubes
- Plum Slices
- To add a salt rim to margarita glasses, pour salt onto a small plate. Then rub the lime wedge around the rim of each glass. Dip glasses into the salt and twist. Set them aside.
- Place the sliced plums into a small saucepan with water and sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the fruit is soft and the water has turned the shade of the plums.
- Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes before pouring it into a blender with the lime juice, lime zest, orange juice, and Tequila. Blend until smooth.
- Strain into prepared glasses filled with ice.
Garnish with a slice of plum. Cheers!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 297mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 1g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
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