As I’ve mentioned before, my fig tree is overflowing this year. I feel lucky, because fresh figs at the supermarket can cost a pretty penny. There’s nothing like plucking a fresh, ripe fig from your own tree, warmed by the sun and bursting with sweetness. Is it just me, or do fruits and vegetables taste totally different when you pick them right before you eat them? It’s like they have more energy inside of them, more vitality.
I’ve been playing with some different recipe ideas for each new harvest of fruit. In this Fig and Honey Cocktail I combine ripe figs, honey, ginger ale and lemon juice for a balanced cocktail that is naturally sweet. I’m not a fan of overly sugary cocktails. This one gets most of its sweetness from the ripe fig puree and a touch of honey. Figs tend to vary quite a bit in terms of sweetness– some ripe figs are very sweet, while others are only mildly so. Start with a little honey to enhance the natural sweetness, and add more to taste if you need it. I love the look of this cocktail; the fig seeds are suspended in the liquid, and the color varies from deep blush to purple-red depending on the type of figs you use.
This cocktail would be great for Rosh Hashanah to welcome in a sweet new year. Figs are one of the Seven Species mentioned in the Torah, and the cocktail is sweetened by honey, which is appropriate for the holiday. I have offered instructions for making a pitcher of the cocktail below; you can make the fig puree ahead, but the cocktail tastes best if stirred and mixed just before serving. This cocktail would also be appropriate for Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Labor Day or just because. L’chaim!
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Fig Puree Ingredients
- 2 cups fresh figs, rinsed and halved
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp filtered water
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ½ tbsp fig puree
- 1/2 tsp honey (or more to taste)
- 2 oz ginger ale
- 1 ½ oz vodka
- 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
To Make A Pitcher of Cocktails, you will need
- 1 1/3 cup fig puree (ingredients and instructions below)
- 1/4 cup honey (or more to taste)
- 28 oz (3 1/2 cups) ginger ale
- 21 oz (2 1/3 cups) vodka
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
You will also need
- Blender, cocktail shaker, martini glass or sangria pitcher, skewers and fresh figs for garnish
To Make Fig Puree
- Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a container and refrigerate for 2-3 days, or use immediately to make cocktails. This recipe makes about 1 cup (8 oz.) puree, which will make about 10 cocktails.
To Make Cocktails
- In a cocktail shaker, combine fig puree and honey. Mix with a spoon until homogenous. Add ginger ale, vodka, lemon juice and ice and shake well. Start with 1/2 tsp honey to enhance the natural sweetness, and add more to taste if you need it. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with two fresh fig quarters on a skewer.
To Make a Pitcher of Cocktails
- To make a pitcher of the cocktail, you will need to make 1 1/2 times the fig puree recipe in the ingredient list above- 3 cups fresh halved figs, 1 1/2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp filtered water, and 1 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice blended till smooth. Once the puree is made, measure out 1 1/3 cups of puree. You will have a little puree left over, which you can save in a sealed container in the refrigerator to make more cocktails.
- Combine 1 1/3 cups fig puree and 1/4 cup honey, mix with a spoon until homogenous. Add 3 1/2 cups ginger ale, 2 1/3 cups vodka, 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice and ice. Stir to combine. Add more honey to taste if you need it. Serve immediately with chilled cocktail glasses.