When Brian and I honeymooned in Disney World, we ate some of the most delicious food. Now, Disney is known for having some incredibly high class restaurants but we really stayed true to ourselves and kept things pretty low-brow. Fries, chicken fingers, funnel cakes, mostly. But there was also an amazing buffalo wing dip with shredded celery and kettle chips for dipping. And I stuffed myself with kielbasa and pierogies. A breaded pork chop with red onion jam stands, to this day, as one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. And yet out of all the things we tried, the plum green tea slushies were the most memorable.
We went during the Food and Wine Festival, this amazing two month long food bash with different bites from countries all around the globe. You get a little passport and they’ll stamp it for you with each new dish you try. We noshed on bites from Canada (because Moosehead must be part of this culinary tour, of course), Mexico, Poland (because Polish food is the best and I am incredibly loyal to my heritage) and Belgium. It can get crowded during the festival, no doubt. Brian and I were occupying a little high bar table while we ate some tamales. And right across from us, a man stood leaning against a trash can, balancing his plate and drink over top.
We invited him to use our table – I mean, a trash can. He was using a trash can. So he joined us and eventually, his wife, brother and mom came over. They’d just run a half marathon and were celebrating. They told us which stands had the best drinks, where to snag the best spot for fireworks and how to avoid major bus traffic on the way home. And then the mother grabbed my arm and said “You absolutely MUST try this plum drink over there,” and pointed to a little stand sandwiched between Mexico and China. We figured why the heck not and grabbed two.
We should have grabbed four. They were perfect. Sweet, cold, refreshing. These are the kind of drinks that make it very, very easy to end up hammered by. The alcohol – by ways of plum sake – is so subtle in flavor. It just adds this nice boost, a little kick. Not enough that you are even aware how much you are drinking. Therein lies the problem. Moderation, my friends. It took almost five years for me to make these at home and I’m not even sure why. But on a recent trip to the store, I spotted plum sake and snatched it off the shelf. It was about time.
I’m really, really happy with how these turned out. They were almost exactly as I remembered them. Sweet, refreshing, sassy. Plum green tea slushies, for the win!
- 2 cups green tea
- 2 cups ice
- 4 tsp. sugar
- 4 cups plum sake
- 1 cup coconut rum
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.