RECIPE: A Fig Old-Fashioned for every season

by Emily McFarlan Miller

Tyler Huckabee is the finder of awesome things. Even when somebody else finds the things and posts them on his Facebook page, they are awesome.

Like this recipe for a Fall Fig Cocktail from theKitchn.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Kristin loves figs. Also, that figs aren’t in season all that long; certainly, not in February. And so this recipe, posted on Tyler’s Facebook page, launched a citywide fig hunt to MAKE. THIS. COCKTAIL. That included stops at a Middle Eastern market, Trader Joe’s and (gulp) Whole Foods. The latter is where we found the next best thing to fresh figs… fig juice.

And so was born the poor man’s (or Old Man Winter’s) Fig Old-Fashioned, made with fig and orange juices for those snowbound in wintry Chicago, like Kristin. And maybe you. (You’re welcome.)

It’s a murky drink, not particularly attractive. But as Kristin described it, “The figgy cocktail was like a dense foggy evening that broke into crisp view of Orion.”

In other words, syrupy, tangy, well-balanced and DELICIOUS.

Fig Old-Fashioned
Adapted from theKitchn

1 ounce fig juice
1-1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce orange juice
1/4 ounce grade B maple syrup
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Pour ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake, then strain into an Old-Fashioned glass.

Makes one drink, but you’ll end up making a couple more than that.

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