The Slivovitz Sour is a lovely plum brandy cocktail borne out of bartender Matthew Wyne’s earnest attempt to develop an appreciation for the spirit his Slovenian grandfather so loved. It’s a wonderful entry-level cocktail for folks learning to love this underrepresented Eastern European eau de vie, as the classic sour template softens its rough edges just a bit.
Dry-shake all ingredients first without ice, then again with ice added. Double-strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with a few drops of bitters on the foam in a pretty pattern.