At my friend's recent wedding, I was introduced to Serbian Plum Brandy...also known as Slivovitz. Now I had heard horror stories from those before me in line about how it might taste similar to rocket fuel, but I didn't let that deter me. If the bride says let's do a shot of Slivovitz, who am I to deny the bride?
So I raised my shot glass and said a little toast, and boom! Rocket fuel. But what is surprising about Slivo is that while you feel like you could propel to the space station, there is also a nice aftertaste that comes on after a few seconds. And so after all of our grimacing, we all kept going back for more.
So this got me thinking, there has to be a cocktail recipe in the world that can temper the initial harshness of this liquor and take advantage of the sweet plum notes. After a little research I found the following tasty cocktail that I will quickly add to my repertoire. And it will give me a chance to say cheers in another language. Ziveli!
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz Slivovitz
1 tsp. simple syrup
Mix brandy, lime juice, and sugar with cracked ice in a shaker or blender and pour into a chilled highball glass. Add more ice if necessary and fill with cold club soda. Garnish with plum slice.