What’s the Fig Idea?

Photo by Liz Morrow

Photo by Liz Morrow

Growing up in Alaska, I was not familiar with figs outside of the Fig Newton cookie, which was always present as a snack for kids at daycare and school, but which I loathed entirely. I didn’t really know what a fig was, but I was pretty sure I hated it. Fast forward a couple decades, and figs come onto my radar again. This time I’m seeing them in scrumptious desserts and cocktails, and I’m intrigued. Knowing that some of my food aversions from childhood, like onions and cheese, have completely dissipated into adoration, I thought I’d give the ol’ fig another chance. They have an interesting, earthy flavor, and are a fascinating fruit, both flavor-wise and visually. I decided to play around with a fig cocktail recipe, and this combination of figs, gin, and honey makes for the most mouthwatering of libations! Plus, it looks super fancy, especially garnished with some halved figs, so you’ll be sure to impress your friends when you casually waltz out of the kitchen with these bad boys in hand.

Fig, Gin, and Honey Cocktail

  • 1½ tablespoons fig puree (recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 ounces ginger ale
  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Add the fig puree and honey to a cocktail shaker. Stir it together with a spoon until it is well combined. Add ginger ale, gin, and lemon juice and fill with ice. Shake until frosty, and strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a halved, skewered fig.

Fig Puree

  • 1 cup fresh figs, rinsed and halved
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Juice of half a lemon

Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth. You can make this ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Recipe makes enough puree for about 4 cocktails; multiply for larger quantities.

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