While jam is an easy way to incorporate figs into cocktails, infusing a spirit with the rich and mellow fruit is also a great option—plus, you don’t have to sacrifice any precious ABV. In this fruity take on an Old Fashioned, Manny Nieves, bartender at Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar, upgrades the cocktail’s standard whiskey base to fig-infused bourbon. “Figs and bourbon have very complementary profiles,” he says. “Both have rich, sweet and warm notes that play off each other nicely, so it’s a no brainer to infuse the two.” Made with maple simple syrup in place of the usual sugar, along with black walnut bitters, it’s an ultra-cozy take on a timeless classic.
maple simple syrup
black walnut bitters
2 oz fig-infused bourbon
.25 oz maple simple syrup
2 to 3 dashes black walnut bitters
Orange twist, for garnish
2 Morello cherries, for garnish
- Combine bourbon, maple simple syrup and walnut bitters in a mixing glass, and fill with ice.
- Stir 15 to 20 times, and strain into a rocks glass filled with a fresh, large ice cube.
- Garnish with an orange twist and two Morello cherries.
1 liter bourbon
1 Cup dried figs
- In a large jar, muddle the figs with 1 cup of bourbon.
- Add the remaining bourbon and seal.
- Let it sit in the jar for at least three days (the longer it sits, the more potent the flavor).
- Strain the bourbon into a clean bottle.
Maple Simple Syrup
.5 Cup maple simple syrup
.5 Cup sugar
1 Cup water
- Bring the water to a boil and remove from heat.
- Dissolve the sugar in the water, and then add the maple syrup, stirring well to combine.
- Let cool.