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.
It's almost time to break out the figgy pudding, and, to that, we raise our glass ... of figgy bourbon. The fig is a late fall favorite in its fresh form and a holiday staple in its dried and preserved forms. We will take any excuse to buy fresh Mission figs while their fleeting season allows.
The figs that don't get used in the simple syrup recipe (below) we gladly consume with a slice of Brie and a drizzle of honey. Similar to the fig, bourbon enjoys a fall revival (after its moment in the summer spotlight in the classic Mint Julep) as cocktail aficionados and home bartenders alike turn to the darker spirits as the cold weather sets in.
This combination of figs, bourbon, and homemade aromatic bitters
is the perfect accompaniment to a fireside chat (and toast) with friends and family. Keep this recipe handy for fall & winter!
FIG SIMPLE SYRUP
- 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. SaveSaveSave