Last month, my best friend did a crazy thing and booked a 12 week trip to England. To commemorate the beginning of such an adventure, an excited group of us got together to wish her well and express our envy over cocktails and cheese. Such an event merits a special cocktail and after much research (ie: Pinterest), and a little experimentation, I settled on crowing the occasion with this Figgy Fizz cocktail.
One of the things I have enjoyed most about this lingering summer has been the prolonged fig season. As I learned last year, fig season is very much a thing and this year I have made a point of taking full advantage of it. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some fresh figs, I would highly recommend this yummy little cocktail.
First, you will need to make the syrup. Learn from my experience and make the syrup a few hours before you intend to serve it! Poor Clare practically burnt her hand for the above shot.
To make this figgin‘ delicious syrup you will need-
- 5 or 6 fresh sliced figs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 vanilla bean
Combine your ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Keep your syrup on low heat, stirring occasionally. Allow your syrup to simmer for between 15 and 20 minutes then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into your desired serving container. Again, if you have time, allow the syrup to cool and store any remaining syrup in the fridge for up to four weeks.
To make this Fizzy Fig Cocktail you will need-
- 2 oz Gin
- 1/2 oz fig vanilla syrup
- 1/2 squeezed lemon ( we went with Myer’s for the special occasion and it was delicious!)
- 1 dash of angostura bitters
- Club soda to top it off
Put all your ingredients other than the club soda into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into your desired glass. I opted to serve this up but I have a feeling it would also be good on the rocks. Top with about an oz of club soda and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of fig.
For me, there is nothing that speaks to the end of summer and the beginning of fall quite like the taste of fresh figs and I am savoring these last few opportunities to enjoy them in-between pumpkin flavored everything. Happy Fall, yall!