Saturday, 1 November 2014

Homemade plum liqueur and Limousin Sunset Autumn cocktails

The Limousin Sunset - Autumn aperos at De Tout Coeur Limousin
The Limousin Sunset - Autumn aperos at De Tout Coeur Limousin
Inspired by the seasons and my homemade plum liqueur.  This is a quick and easy Autumnal cocktail recipe - perfect for a little aperitif (apero) before dinner.  It would be an interesting addition to your Christmas and seasonal holiday celebrations too. The use of homegrown sage and seasonal local plums make this a delicious toast to the change of seasons here in the Limousin. Also a very tasty way of using up and preserving your plum harvest.  So sante, bottoms up and cheers! 

The homemade plum liqueur would also make a lovely homemade seasonal or Christmas gift.  

I hope you enjoy my Autumn cocktail - A Limousin Sunset.  What's your favourite seasonal aperitif? 

Tips: you can of course use a shop bought plum liqueur if you'd like to try this cocktail before the homemade version is ready, but the homemade version is definitely worth the wait.    

homemade plum liqueur
Inspired & adapted from Diana Henry's apricot liqueur featured in Salt, Sugar, Smoke (a 'go to' classic for interesting & delicious preserving recipes I can't recommend highly enough)


500g plums - halved & stoned
450g white sugar
750ml dry white wine
300ml vodka

  1. Add the plums to a pan with the wine and sugar. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat & simmer until the plums are soft (about 10 minutes)
  2. Take off the heat & add the vodka
  3. Decant into a sterilized air-tight jar and leave to infuse for 1 week
  4. After a week strain the liquid through a jelly bag/muslin lined sieve
  5. Leave to mature for a minimum of 1 month. 
Limousin Sunset Cocktail
recipe by:  Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin 

for 1 serving: 
70ml plum liqueur
35ml whiskey
juice of half an orange
3-4 sage leaves
Handful ice

to serve:
Long twist of orange peel 
A few sage leaves 

  1. Tear the sage leaves then add with all the ingredients to a shaker and shake. 
  2. Serve in a tumbler with a few more sage leaves and a long twist of orange peel. Enjoy! 
The Limousin Sunset - Autumn aperos at De Tout Coeur Limousin
Enjoying a Limousin sunset at De Tout Coeur Limousin

homemade plum liqueur & Autumn cocktails on Punk Domestics

Cooking with Herbs Lavender and Lovage



  1. Thank you for linking up to the #NoWasteFoodChallenge , what a lovely recipe and such beautiful colours ,that is sunset in a glass! looks so so yum ! Manjiri - sliceoffme blog

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments and for stopping by. A very tasty way of using up a plum harvest and it makes such a pretty colour like you say too :)

  2. Such beautiful colours, these would be perfect as a festive cocktail wouldn't they? Thanks for linking #festivefoodfriday.

    1. Thanks - the colour from the beautiful pink plum liqueur makes it. Do hope we have some left for the festive season. :-)

  3. What a delicious cocktail. Love the sound of your plum liqueur, I'm always looking for recipes to preserve fruits for the winter. Hoping for a good plum harvest next year. #festivefoodfridays

    1. Thanks Sarah. I will definitely be making it again next year. SO simple and really delicious too :-)

  4. I know it's a bit early in the morning to be salivating over the idea of a fruit cocktail but oh my this sounds amazing! Besides, it's my birthday today so if I want to think about early morning cocktails I can. :D Thank you for sharing with Shop Local!

    1. happy birthday! And definitely a reason for a cocktail :-) Have a great year!

  5. I enjoyed your post. Even though I don't drink any alcohol, I like the idea of making a liqueur at home. And I like the photos!


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