Cocktail of the Week: Flowering Figtini


A figtabulous celebration deserves a fabulous figtini!

Cocktail of the Week: Flowering Figtini
Black mission figs from my local farmers market inspired this colorful cocktail. Fruit infused liquor can dress up any cocktail party!

2oz Fig Infused Absolut Vanilia*
1/2oz St Germain elderflower liqueur
Fresh Lemon Juice (optional)
Fig slice for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Fig infused Vodka and St Germain and shake very well. Strain as you pour into chilled martini glass. Sip and enjoy. Too sweet? Add a splash of fresh lemon juice to brighten up your drink. Garnish with a slice of Fresh Fig

*Fig Infused Vanilla Vodka – wash a half pint of fresh Figs and cut into quarters. Place Figs into a large glass jar. Muddle the Figs to bruise the fruit and extract some juice but do not mash them completely. Cover the Figs with 2-3 cups of Vanilla Vodka. Cover tightly. Let the fruit infuse the vodka for 3-5 days shaking the jar once or twice a day. After a few days, strain the fruit out of the vodka and store in a clean bottle with a tight cover.

You can also use regular vodka and add a vanilla bean cut lengthwise to the fresh figs to infuse fresh vanilla flavor.

Don’t waste those Vanilla Vodka soaked figs! Serve over ice cream or sorbet – delish!

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Cocktail of the Week: Life on Mars

Life on Mars with cocktail creator Nikki Anhalt at FIG Charleston

Cocktail of the Week: Life on Mars

I’m on the road in Charleston and just had spectacular dinner at the highly-acclaimed FIG restaurant. While the food and service live up to the amazing reviews, the cocktail menu is equally inspired. The current menu pays homage to David Bowie and as a fan of the Thin White Duke and tequila, I could not pass up this refreshing citrus creation by FIG’s Nikki Anhalt.

To my friends in Pennsylvania, the state owned liquor stores may require that you make a few substitutions but if you can find all of the original ingredients, it will be worth the effort – it may just be easier and more enjoyable to jet down to Charleston and have Nikki or talented bartender Andrew King mix up a Life on Mars.

1 ½oz Espolon Tequila Reposado
¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
¼ oz Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette
¼ oz Giffard Creme de Pamplemousse Rose
¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Grapefruit Juice
1 Luxardo Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in Tequila, Maraschino Liqueur, Crème de Violette, Pamplemousse Rose and Fresh Juices. Cover and shake. Strain as you pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Top with a gourmet Maraschino Cherry. Oh man!