We recently moved from California to the Midwest. One of the things I miss the most about California is the abundance of fresh figs, which we adore! Luckily, my aunt Linda sent us a jar of beautiful figs she put up in a bourbon syrup (she is an amazing canner). As soon as I opened this jar and tried one of the plump chartreuse figs I knew they would be the perfect base for a cocktail. And then I came across this recipe! I love it when I already have all the ingredients on hand to try a new recipe.
We ended up changing how we built the drink due to the fact that we were using preserved figs rather than fresh. If you don’t have access to fresh figs (or figs in bourbon syrup!) then you could use a dried fig – simply soften it in a bit of hot water for a few minutes before muddling. The herbal rosemary aroma and sweet fig flavor are a perfect combo for this time of year. Also! Do not be skeered of making rosemary simple syrup – it keeps well in the fridge (we store our simple syrups in these easy squeeze bottles) and there are many other cocktails it can be used in…I promise there will be more future cocktail posts that include this ingredient.
Overall, this cocktail is light and refreshing. You can adjust to taste by adding more or less soda water. Cheers!
Rosemary Fig Fizz (adapted from Rip & Tan)
For the rosemary simple syrup…
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
In a small saucepan, heat the sugar and water over medium heat till dissolved. Turn off the heat, add the rosemary sprigs and let cool. Once the syrup is cooled to room temperature, discard the sprigs and strain into a squeeze bottle or mason jar. Label, cap and store in the fridge (keep for one month).
For the cocktail…
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka (we used Banyan Reserve from St. Petersburg Distillery)
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce rosemary simple syrup
- 2 dashes bitters (we used Angostura)
- 1 fresh fig, diced
- Soda water (we especially like Q club soda)
- Rosemary spring and/or lemon slice to garnish
In a lowball glass muddle the fig to break up the fruit; fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters. Add ice, shake well and pour into the lowball glass. Top off with soda and gently stir with your favorite swizzle stick to mix. Garnish and enjoy!