Chappy Hour: Smoked Plum Gin Cocktail and Cursed Objects

June 27, 2019

Jason Christie's Cursed Objects  (Coach House Books) confronts the veiled versions of ourselves; our troubling self-reduction into mere objects, and then, through the wizardry of writing, casts those illusions aside to find the rooted nature of ourselves and others. Resident mixologist Tan Light takes smokey inspiration from the poem Broadway Tower to create a Smoked Plum Gin and Tonic. Read on for the recipe and an excerpt from the collection. 

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As I read the first line from this month's Chappy Hour selection, "wood smoke, unnatural cloud, plummet and abundance" I knew this cocktail recipe would have to feature wood-smoked plums at it's core. Smoking fruit sounds intimidating, but the results are spectacular. Try it with gin and tonic, or skip the gin for a BBQ-worthy Summer mocktail.

The Cocktail

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Smoked Plum Gin & Tonic

What You Need:

2 oz Gin*

1 oz Smoked Plum and Thyme Syrup**

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

2 oz tonic water


1 quarter smoked plum, for Garnish

1 sprig of Thyne, for Garnish

*To create a mocktail version, omit gin and use 2 oz sparkling water in place.



3 plums, halved and pitted

1 sprig of Thyme

1:1 Simple Syrup


How to Smoke plums & syrup:

Preheat grill, lid closed for 15 minutes.

Place the plum halves directly on the grill grate and smoke for 25 minutes. 

After 25 minutes, remove plums from the grill and cut into quarters.

Set 1 plum quarter aside for garnish

Add remaining plum and the thyme to a 1:1 simple syrup in a heat-proof dish. Let smoke 45 minutes. Remove from grill, strain and let cool.


What to Do:

Add gin, fresh lime juice, smoked plum and thyme simple syrup into a shaker.

Add ice and shake.* Strain over clean ice, top off with tonic and garnish with a piece of thyme and slice of smoked plum. Enjoy!

*for Mocktail version, do not shake – stir instead.


The Poem




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if you're not plum tuckered out just yet, read on for a longer excerpt of Cursed Objects (clicking here begins a PDF download) and then  grab the full collection!

If lit and libations are your kinda' thing, check out more of our Chappy Hour pairings>>


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