Step 1: Make a home-infused Fig Bourbon
Our recipe for Fig-Infused Bourbon: 750 ml bottle of Bourbon (we used Jim Beam), 12 oz dried Black Mission Figs. Place the figs in a large canning jar, pour bourbon over the figs and let them marinate for approximately 1 month (or until it reaches your desired taste). Strain and enjoy!
Step 2: Drink the fig bourbon as a straight liqueur at room temperature (sweet enough for a dessert beverage) or use it in cocktails. Our first cocktail attempt is a keeper – the Fig Manhattan. Essentially, we replaced Sweet Vermouth with Fig Bourbon.
2 oz Whiskey/Bourbon
1 oz Fig-Infused Bourbon
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
Dash of Angostura Bitters
* Brandied cherry (add at the end)
Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and add a brandied cherry.