This is it. It’s a fig cocktail but it’s like an old fashioned so it’s a Fig Fashioned cocktail. There is such a story, albeit short, behind the making of this cocktail. I mean the cocktails in the above photo. Aside from the story (which I’m too embarrassed to share) this makes for a great libation.
I recently prepared this recipe in honor of my Fig Lancaster pals who visited the studio, as featured guests, for an episode of the 2 Weird Hungry Girls. Figs won’t last long after being picked. This Fig Syrup recipe is the easiest thing to whip up with those honey-like, sticky sweet figs. After you prepare the syrup do NOT throw the figs away! Use as a jam, on a cheese plate, for roasted meats, or with sweets.
This recipe comes from a series of 4 Lancaster Central Market inspired cocktails I was asked to developed for Moxie House Media. They are beautifully illustrated and printed by Moxie House. The set makes a lovely gift or can be framed for your kitchen. A Spicy Blackberry Margarita recipe should always be handy! If you are local, pick up a set at Allison’s Clothing, in West Reading. They make a lovely hostess gift when offered with a bottle of tequila, aged whiskey or bourbon.
psst… if you have yet to try a Wigle Barrel Aged Whiskey, please put it on your to-do list. Here is my quick interview with Meredith, co-owner, of Wigle Whiskey. She shares some information about their new CSA program. You can listen or watch here.
- 4 fresh figs, halved
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup raw, organic sugar
- Optional: 2 inches orange zest and 2-inch sprig fresh rosemary
- 3 ounces bourbon or barrel aged whiskey
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1½ ounces Fig Syrup
- Rosemary and orange zest, for garnish
- Prepare Fig Syrup by bringing figs, water and organic sugar to a gentle boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar, reduce heat to low. Add optional orange zest and rosemary and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Pull off the heat and allow to cool. Strain (don't press) into a tightly sealing jar.
- Prepare the Cocktail by combining the bourbon, Cointreau and Fig Syrup and a handful of ice in a shaker. Shake. Serve straight up or over ice. Garnish.