Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail (Plum Sour)

Cooler weather and the Christmas season is perfect for this Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail (Plum Sour). A sweet, tart, and rich cocktail recipe in a beautiful pink purple hue.

A pink Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail (Plum Sour) in a glass coupe on a white counter with dried lemons

Why You Will Love This Recipe

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The Plum Sour is a delicious cocktail that combines the tartness of citrus with the sweet and fruity flavor of plums.

It’s a refreshing and balanced drink that’s perfect for those who enjoy a mix of sour and sweet flavors.

Sugar Plum Fairy cocktail is a festive and whimsical drink that’s often enjoyed during the holiday season. It’s inspired by the character “Sugar Plum Fairy” from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, “The Nutcracker.”

This cocktail typically combines fruity and sweet flavors with a touch of elegance.

We use our easy Plum Syrup in this recipe which brings the perfect plum flavor with some sweetness.

You can also use a Plum Juice, however it will not be quite as sweet. The drink also tends to look more garnet red than a pink purple.

Egg Whites in Cocktails

Egg whites are used in cocktails to bring a richness, smoothness, and some foamy texture to a drink.

It is not for everyone!

If you do not want to use a raw egg white, you can use the carton whites that have been pasteurized.

Another swap is using chickpea juice from its can.

Or you can just skip it altogether and it will still taste great, just with a slightly different texture.

A silver cocktail shaker pouring Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail (Plum Sour) into a glass coupe


A sour typically uses an ounce of lemon juice, but we found that this much overpowered the plum fruit flavor. We reduced the lemon to a half ounce instead.

This alcoholic drink can be made in advance but is best when shaken and still frothy. If made in advance, it is recommended to shake again before pouring or serving, or making it in smaller batches to keep the froth.

Close view of a pink purple Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail (Plum Sour) in a glass with dried lemon and plum wedge garnish


What is the formula for the sour cocktail?

A sour cocktail typically uses 2 ounces of a spirit, 1 ounce of something sweet, and 1 ounce of something sour.

Why do sours have egg white?

The egg white brings a richer, smoother texture with some foam.

What can I use instead of eggs in sours?

You can use chickpea juice, or skip it altogether.

Can you use boxed egg whites for whiskey sour?

Yes, you can use pasteurized egg whites sold in a carton.

A Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail (Plum Sour) in a glass coupe on a white counter with dried lemon wheels and decor behind it
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Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail (Plum Sour)

This Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail (Plum Sour) is a perfect Christmas or winter cocktail recipe! An alcoholic drink made with gin and stone fruit for a purple pink color.
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine International
Servings 1 drink


  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce plum simple syrup
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 egg white


  • Add the ingredients, without ice, to a cocktail shaker and shake. This will help break up the egg white and get a foamy texture.
  • Add a scoop of ice and shake again for at least 30 seconds.


While a normal sour calls for 1 ounce of lemon juice, we found it to be overpowering and chose to reduce it to 1/2 ounce.
Plum simple syrup can be swapped out for plum juice, however you will lose some sweetness. The color also changes to more of a garnet red.
Plum Simple Syrup Recipe
Keyword Christmas, Gin, Winter

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