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Step 2: Pick the Tree

When picking plums, you may want to put a plastic bag into your fruit picker to keep the tiny fruits from falling out. It's also a good idea to use a hard-sided bucket or basket to carry your plums home in (especially if you're on a bike!) to keep them from getting smushed.

We used three types of plums: Santa Rosa, Kauter Vesuvius Cherry Plums, and these little red ones.
just wanted to say thanks for the great idea! My mother in law has two plum trees and more plums than to know what to do with… being the part time alcoholic, I googled plum infused vodka and yours was the most interesting i saw. Needless to say, a lot of fun work later, WOW… this is DELICIOUS and i still have not added the five handles of vodka. Thank you for your recipe.
I have also made plum liquor, using yellow and red plum trees on my grandmother's property, but used 91% grain alcohol and let soak for several months in a cool dry place. After cheese-cloth filtration I cut it with purified water, or not sometimes. :)
I have also made plum liquor, using yellow and red plum trees on my grandmother's property, but used 91% grain alcohol and let soak for several months in a cool dry place. After cheese-cloth filtration I cut it with purified water, or not sometimes. :)
Interesting! I'll have to try this method next time. My first go was with mangoes and white rum. I let it soak for a couple of weeks in rum and eventually made a simple syrup to put it all together. It was quite a mild taste but it turns out that I really dislike rum, much to my sadness. I'm going to try it your way.
interesting instructable; I'm not legally allowed to drink, but my parents have recently tried some different fruit flavored vodkas and this is right up that alley. I am assuming that you could do this with other fruits, correct? More specifically would blueberries work or do you think that there would be some other side effect? The idea is great, hope to see some more!
I have no idea if you can do it with blueberries, but I imagine you could. You could look into traditional Northern European recipes!?
ok, i'll give it a try
I've done something similar to this with blueberries. I say similar because all I did was put a pint of cleaned fresh bluberries in a jug with a half gallon of vodka for a couple weeks. The blueberry taste was very mild but real nice. I didn't add any sugar so it was more of a blueberry infused vodka than a liquor. I've also done it with strawberries. It's quite nice and doesn't get any easier.

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