Fig-Bourbon Old Fashioned

So here’s a fall drink to celebrate the arrival of this lovely month. A few weeks ago I was doing some recipe development for a client that involved figs and bourbon and I decided to set aside some of both to make a fig-and-vanilla-infused bourbon. Now that it’s ready I wanted to showcase it in a simple twist on a classic old fashioned, adding a splash of maple liqueur and a twist of orange to the bourbon and topping it off with a little club soda. It’s stronger and less sweet than my typical cocktail choices .

Welcome, September // Fig Bourbon Old-Fashioned

Welcome, September // Fig Bourbon Old-Fashioned

Welcome, September // Fig Bourbon Old-Fashioned

Welcome, September // Fig Bourbon Old-Fashioned

Welcome, September // Fig Bourbon Old-Fashioned

Welcome, September // Fig Bourbon Old-Fashioned
Fig-Bourbon Old Fashioned
Serves 1.

  • 1 sugar cube
  • Dash of bitters
  • Chilled club soda
  • 2 oz. fig-and-vanilla-infused Bourbon (recipe below)
  • 1 oz. maple liqueur
  • ice
  • 1 orange twist
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  1. Place the sugar cube in a short glass. Top with the bitters and a splash of club soda and use a muddler to stir/smash until the sugar cube is dissolved. Add the Bourbon and the maple liqueur and stir to combine. Add ice to fill the glass and garnish with the orange twist and maraschino cherry. Top off with more club soda if desired.

Fig-and-Vanilla-Infused Bourbon

  • 2 c. Bourbon
  • 6 figs, washed and halved
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  1. Place the figs and vanilla bean in a sterilized pint jar. Top with the Bourbon and seal the jar with a lid. Place in a cool dry place out of direct light and let sit for 2-4 weeks, until the Bourbon has taken on the color and flavor of the figs.

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