Bourbon and Fig Cocktail
Nothing like the sound of crunching leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything to ring in autumn. Fig and bourbon is the perfect combination, and the perfect color scheme for sipping and admiring fall foliage.
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For the simple syrup
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup water
- 4 figs, diced
For the cocktail
- 1 1/2 Ounce brown sugar-fig simple syrup
- 2 Ounces bourbon
10 Fancy Fig Cocktails for the Season
Forget those predictable apples, peaches, and pears. Instead, take a sweet trip down fig lane as we indulge in the complexity of the Asian fruit. Whether they’re in season or canned, these deep purple beauties are good as a dessert, entree, or a drink. Don’t believe us? Just feast your eyes on these 10 fancy fig cocktail recipes, and while you’re at it, try some too.
Fig and Honey Cocktail
No girls’ night is complete without a signature cocktail. This drink is the recipe for laughter and good times. It’s colorful and sweet, made with fig puree, vodka, and a splash of ginger ale. (via Savor Home)
Fig Raspberry Syrup Cocktail
There’s no shame in our game. If we saw these beautiful libations waiting for us at a gathering, you wouldn’t see our hands empty the entire event. Crisp white wine adds floral notes to the fruity cocktail. (via Dine x Design)
Fig, Honey, Thyme, and Prosecco Smash
Elderflower liquor gives this smash of ripe plums and figs its unique taste, and the Prosecco adds the bubbles. (via Half Baked Harvest)
Sexy Fig and Lemon Fizz
Fitting name, wouldn’t you say? We love how the sweet figs contrast with the tang of bright yellow lemons. Club soda gives it the fizzy nature that you’re going to absolutely *love.* (via My Diary of Us)
Rosemary, Fig, Date, and Tequila Smash
Two words: date tequila! You read that right. The two ingredients marry incredibly well to make a complex flavor of savory and sweet deliciousness. (via Cali Girl Cooking)
Sparkling Fig and Honey Cocktail
Pop the bubbly, because this cocktail is getting a heavy pour of Champagne. Aromatic thyme adds to a sweet fig and honey combination that we’re clearly obsessed with, but can you blame us? (via Hello Glow )
Fresh Fig Margarita
When you sip this one, take in the subtle lavender flavor from the buds that are infused into the fig syrup. (via A Cookie Named Desire)
The Golden Ladder
This cocktail is pretty in pink, and we have to say it’s tasty too. Muddle away those fresh figs add a dash of bitters, lemon juice, honey, and one egg white. Trust us: The taste is no laughing matter. (via SF Girl)
How does sweet fig vodka, tart limoncello, and spicy ginger beer sound splashed over chunks of ice in a big cup? Yeah, we think so too. (via OMG Food)
Fig and Honey Cocktail
Fresh figs are the *star* of this cocktail and, to make it even more interesting, a different clear is added: gin. It’s sweet with a subtle bite that’s going to make you want to shake up another one every weekend. (via The Brave Life)
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23 of the Best Bourbon Cocktails
From a classic old fashioned to brand new twists, these are the bourbon recipes your cocktail shaker needs.
Often relegated to the chillier months of the year, bourbon is a true American-born spirit. Whether you like your bourbon drinks potent, like a classic boulevardier, or prefer something with a fresher, more fruity twist, we've got recipes that prove that bourbon can be the right choice for every palette and season.
1 oz bourbon
.5 oz Patron Citronge orange liqueur
7 dashes of Angostura bitters
7 dashes of Peychauds bitters
1 lemon twist
Add all ingredients (except champagne) into a chilled mixing vessel and stir for 15 seconds. Pour into a chilled coupe, top off with champagne and garnish with an extra long lemon twist.
2 oz bourbon
.5 oz winter spiced simple syrup*
2 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
*To make the winter spiced simple syrup, simmer 1:1 simple syrup with clove, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
2 oz simple syrup
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 oz bourbon
2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 tsp orange marmalade
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 egg white
Boil simple syrup and rosemary in a small saucepan, and allow it to cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup and add it to a shaker with bourbon, lemon juice, and marmalade. Add ice and shake. Pour into a glass with ice. Add maple syrup, orange juice, and egg white to the shaker. Shake until frothy and pour over cocktail. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
Served at the Chandelier Bar in Las Vegas.
8 oz hot water
1 tea bag
2 oz bourbon
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
1 lemon slice
Pour hot water into mug and steep tea for two to three minutes. Remove tea bag and add honey, whiskey, and lemon juice. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice.
1 oz bourbon
1 oz crème de cacao
1 oz half and half
One egg white
Dash of simple syrup
Dash of salt
Combine ingredients in shaker, add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with nutmeg, cranberries ,and a sprig of rosemary.
2 oz bourbon
.5 oz maple syrup
.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Muddle thyme then combine ingredients and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a lemon peel.
2 oz Basil Hayden's bourbon
.75 oz limoncello
.5 oz orange juice
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup
1 dash of cranberry bitters
1 egg white
Shake hard with ice. Serve up in coupe glass.
1.5 oz Maker&rsquos Mark Bourbon
1 tsp fresh lemon Juice
4 oz Kentucky Ale-8-One (if unavailable, substitute your favorite ginger ale)
8 dashes Angostura bitters
Build all of the ingredients except for soda in a highball glass with ice. Top off with Kentucky Ale-8-One and stir once.
By Chef Newman Miller of Star Hill Provisions in Loretto, Kentucky
2 cups cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
.75 cup sifted powdered sugar
Half of a vanilla bean
Fresh grated nutmeg
In a metal bowl over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk, and bourbon until nice and frothy. Add vanilla bean and strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Place pitcher in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring on occasion. Pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
2 oz Elijah Craig bourbon
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz agave syrup
2 cherry tomatoes
5 fresh basil leaves
Muddle tomatoes and four basil leaves. Add other ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with a basil leaf.
Created by Ruben Bansie and served at Bar Velo in Brooklyn, New York
2 oz Peerless bourbon
1 tsp Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
4 large peach slices
2 dashes black walnut bitters
Orchid for garnish
Muddle 2 Peach slices in a mixing glass, add all other ingredients and stir with ice for about 15 seconds. Double fine strain into a rocks glass full of crushed ice and garnish with remaining peach slices and orchid.
1.5 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon
1 oz Aperol aperitif
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz honey syrup
Half-dropper of Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
Add ingredients to shaker with ice and shake to chill.
1.5 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
1 oz Paul Masson Brandy
1 oz Giffard Banana Liqueur
3 Dashes Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and serve with a large ice cube.
.25 oz Amaro CioCiaro
.25 oz maraschino liqueur
.75 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
1.5 oz Old Forester Bourbon
Prepare cocktail in a mixing glass, fill with ice, stir for 25 seconds, let sit a few seconds more while preparing coupe glass. Pour cocktail, squeeze lemon zest over cocktail, discard the lemon, and garnish with maraschino cherry.
1.25 oz Maker's Mark Bourbon
Hot apple cider
Dash of allspice
Tall cinnamon stick
Add bourbon to a mug. Fill mug with hot apple cider and dash of allspice. Garnish with tall cinnamon stick and lemon slice.
1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 tsp lemon juice
.5 tsp sugar
Add bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar to cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into chilled rocks glass. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.
1.5 oz Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon
1 oz Campari
.75 oz Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth
Build ingredients in a mixing glass, using a jigger. Add ice and stir with bar spoon. Strain with a julep strainer into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with spritzed orange peel.
1 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Amaro Montenegro
.5 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
3 oz Rare Tea Cellars Emperor's Lemon Meritage tea, steeped
Combine above in a metal shaker. Submerge the bottom of the shaker in another shaker filled with hot water and stir to combine and warm ingredients. Pour into a mug and top with hot tea. Garnish with a few gratings of cinnamon.
2 oz Cutler's 33 Bourbon
.5 oz organic lemon juice
.75 oz strawberry purée
.75 oz honey
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour over ice in a stemless wine glass. Garnish with honeycomb and fresh lavender.
1 part Knob Creek Single Barrel
1 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur.
5 parts Punt e Mes
.25 parts fresh lemon juice
Garnish with Luxardo Maraschino Cherries on skewer
Combine all ingredients in a glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with cherries.
2 oz bourbon
1 oz Oloroso sherry
.5 oz Ancho Reyes chili liqueur
.5 oz Benedictine
Combine all above ingredients in an Old Fashioned glass, add cubed ice and give a short stir. Garnish with an orange peel.
Created by Kimberly Rosselle and served at Trick Dog in San Francisco
1.5 oz Drambuie
.5 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon
.5 oz Oloroso Sherry
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with star anise.
2 oz bourbon
1 oz ginger syrup*
1 oz unfiltered apple juice
1 oz lemon juice
A few cracks of black pepper
Combine all ingredients, shake, and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with an apple ball.
*Ginger Syrup: 2 oz. of ginger to 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool. Strain. Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
Fig Infused Bourbon
Incredibly simple to make, this Fig Infused Bourbon packs some major flavor. Delicious as is, this bourbon also makes a great addition to many winter drinks and pairs well with anything vanilla.
I don’t know about you, but for some reason this week has been a bit of a blur. Not due to being busy, rather somewhat the opposite. Luckily, both G and I have this week off between Christmas and New Year’s.
Or should I say thankfully. Because I don’t think I would have been very productive at work. I had high hopes of taking advantage of this time off to get the house cleaned up and organized, get ahead on some recipes for the blog, and to slip fun in somewhere between.
We've gotten some organization done G built an amazing work bench area in the basement for his furniture building and house renovation work, and also built me some massive shelves for storing photography props and general house stuff. I’ve finally gotten everything moved back onto the shelves and am moving on to the dreaded closet.
I haven’t been able to sit still long enough to get recipes ready for testing or get any work done in general. Other than getting my thank you cards sent out, I feel like everything I’ve started I haven’t completed. And I’m not sure if this is simply a sign that I needed a break, or if it’s withdrawal from the excitement and anticipation of the holidays.
But it’s not over yet! We still have New Year’s Eve and bonus—this will make a delicious addition to your bar for the remainder of winter.
One of my simpler recipes, this one only calls for three ingredients. And other than cutting the figs, the prep time is rather naught. A quick shake every day for two weeks and a stunning bourbon, worthy of just about any occasion, is easily created.
Figgy Bourbon Cocktail with 1889 Aromatic Bitters
FIGGY BOURBON WITH 1889 AROMATIC BITTERS
- 1 ½ oz bourbon
- ¾ oz Cointreau
- ¾ oz fig simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2-3 dashes 1889 Aromatic Bitters
Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes shake vigorously. Strain mixture into cocktail glass. Garnish with shaved orange peel.
- ½ c. brown sugar
- ½ c. water
- 3 fresh Mission figs (stems removed, finely chopped)
Add brown sugar, water, and figs to a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium low until the sugar is dissolved and the figs are very soft, using the back of a wooden spoon to stir the mixture and mash the figs as they cook. Maintain a low simmer to avoid burning the sugar (do not let the mixture boil). Remove the saucepan from heat, and cool the mixture completely before using. Store remaining simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Fig & Bourbon Cocktail
Creating tasty cocktails and unique cocktails has become my new passion.
Merging flavors from my kitchen with those at the bar has my head spinning about all the possibilities. This fig and bourbon cocktail will have you reaching for your favorite jams to test out all of the different options, too.
This unique recipe combines my favorite spirit, bourbon, along with my freshly-made Fig Jam, lemons, and thyme from my garden. Cheers.
Yield: 1 serving
2 ounces of your favorite bourbon
1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add in bourbon, Fig Jam and lemon juice.
Shake well until jam has completely blended into the bourbon mixture. This may take more than a shake or two.
Strain mixture to remove seeds into your favorite glass.
Float lemon slice on top of the cocktail, top with sprig of thyme.
For the perfect appetizer, try this delicious recipe for Figgy Piggies in a Blanket.
Whiskey Fig Martini
Figs and whiskey make a delicious combination and this Whiskey Fig Martini is sure to please all the whiskey and fig lovers out there. You could even substitute your favorite bourbon if you like.
I saw a recipe recently for maple roasted figs from The Roasted Root. Her pictures were so beautiful and the first thought that came to mind was to make them into a martini! I roasted the figs with maple syrup as directed in the recipe and added some thyme. I thought about muddling the figs for the cocktail but I really don’t like a lot of pulp in my drinks so I pureed them instead. Whiskey (or bourbon) seemed to be the perfect spirit to use with figs so I went with that.
To finish the Whiskey Fig Martini, I double strained it, just to make sure I wasn’t getting little fig seeds stuck in my teeth! The maple roasted figs were lovely in this cocktail and, unless you’re making a lot of cocktails, there’s enough leftover fig puree to spread on some bread with goat cheese for a delightful appetizer to accompany your cocktail!
In your shaker mix the bourbon, sour mix, and RFK’s Fig Orange Black Pepper Artisan Fruit Spread. Feel free to add more or less fruit spread based on your own taste preference. Dry shake the mixture.
For a smoky flair: Carefully light the tree branch on a hard, non-flammable surface. As it burns, slowly, tip your rocks glass over to catch the smoke. The flame will subside and the smoke will fill the glass. Quickly add ice to the glass and pour in the mixture from your shaker. Top with an orange slice. And drink a quiet toast to Grandma.
HOMEMADE SOUR MIX
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and the water to make a simple syrup. Stirring occasionally, heat the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, pour the simple syrup into the container in which you’ll be storing the sour mix. Add the lemon and lime juice. Shake until well combined. Seal the container, store in the fridge and you’ll never use store-bought sour mix again.
Make It, Shake It – Bourbon Fig Sour Cocktail!
Into your cocktail shaker, add two sliced fresh figs and 2 teaspoons of honey, then muddle until they are as smashed as you can get them. If you don’t have fresh figs, you can substitute the honey and the fresh figs for a tablespoon of fig jam.
Next, add 1 1/2 ounces of fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 1/2 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon, 1-2 dashes of Angostura bitters and 1 egg white. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. (No ice at this point, this is a “dry-shake”.)
Add ice and shake again, for another 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish top with a few drops of bitters and a slice of fig.