In Central and Eastern Europe, this is known as “Slivovitz” and is a favored drink, often served after dinner or incorporated into other beverages. Traditionally, Slivovitz is made with Brandy or Eau-de-vie, but in England and Holland, gin is more often used. The English enjoy “Damson Gin”, though this recipe is sweeter and unique from all the other traditional recipes.

The color depends upon the plums used, and the liquor base applied to create the drink.
Czech Slivovitz

Plum Cordial
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Recipe type: Liqueurs
Serves: Makes 8 Cups
  • 3 pounds fresh purple or white plums, halved and pitted
  • 4 Cups sugar
  • 1 quart gin
  1. In screw top jar, mix all ingredients. Cover tightly. Invert jar; let stand 24 hours. Turn jar upright. Let stand 24 hours. Repeat turning until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Store in dark, cool place for two months. Strain through cheesecloth into decanters.
  3. Cover.

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