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.
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August 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm
I have a black missin fig tree. i freeze the figs rather than dry them. How would you translate this recipe to fresh figs rather than dried?
August 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm
Hi Mary, I think fresh figs would be great! I would like to try a fresh fig infusion myself, but haven’t done that yet. The dried figs made this really sweet, and I think the fresh would be a little more delicate and light. It will probably be wonderful. Let me know if you end up making it and how it goes. My advice is just to make sure your volume of bourbon is higher than volume of fig.
August 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Ok-thanks. I’ve done so many other infusions but generally stick with vodka-Bourbon is my go-to drink and I love my figs-what a great marriage that will be. I’ll get to it next week when I have a few more ripe ones and will let you know. Love your blog. Thanks for the fun!
August 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm
Awesome! Since you love infusin and love bourbon, you should really try a few of the bourbon infusions. Bourbon is amazing for infusing.
August 26, 2012 at 7:50 am
A while ago I made Coachella Coolers for friends, one who is into bourbon as much as I am into rum, in a way to offer a tiki drink made with a whiskey. One of the ingredients was Date Syrup. Not that figs and dates are anything similar, your infusion nonetheless reminded me of the syrup. Next time they are in town, I’m going to make Fig Manhattans. I bet he’s going to dig it.
August 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Great idea, I have thought about doing a date infusion but haven’t done that yet. The fig bourbon did turn out very sweet, so I think you could try to sub it, and could always add a bit more sweetener of needed. (and… You may just start liking bourbon a bit more if you start infusing it.. I sure did) And a final note, try the aged rum from House Spirits Distillery in Portland if you ever get a chance.
August 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm
I’d love to go to Portland again, and when I do, I’ll make sure and check out House Spirits. Thanks for the tip.
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