1 1⁄2 oz Gin, City of London (Tanqueray/Plymouth work too)
3⁄4 oz Simple syrup (Plum-ginger - see note)
1 oz Junmai Sake
3⁄4 oz Lemon juice
1 sli Plum (Coin sized muddling slice)

Build in Shaker, cut coin of plum flesh and squeeze in to mix. Add 5 large cubes and shake well. Serve up. Double Strain if Desired.


To make Syrup, Mash 2 Quarts of Plums into 3 Quarts of sugar. Add 8-10 thin slices of ginger root, and 3 Quarts of Water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 45 min. Cool and strain.


Made impromptu at Michael McAvenas house with homemade sake in 2009, finally finding its way onto the Blackbird Menu in 2013.

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Curated slightly - just to clean up syrup and direct attention to the (thoughtfully) provided recipe.