9 - 1.75 liter bottles of vodka
20 lbs fresh-picked plums
2 lbs turbinado sugar
8 inch peeled, sliced ginger
1 vanilla bean (optional)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 large, heavy bottomed pots
9 - 68 oz. bottles with wide mouths (you could do it with smaller ones, but make sure they have wide mouths)
Step 1: Locate Plums Nearby (June-July only!)
Step 2: Pick the Tree
We used three types of plums: Santa Rosa, Kauter Vesuvius Cherry Plums, and these little red ones.
Step 3: Wash the Plums
Step 4: Sort the plums and smush them
Step 5: Prepare the Pot
Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn down and simmer uncovered.
Step 6: Stir and Cook Down
Step 7: Filter and Combine
If there's extra syrup left over, put it in bottles. The syrup can be stored in the fridge for a month, and can be added to seltzer to make soda, put on pancakes, or added to cocktails.