Fig Manhattans

I need to plant a fig tree

I need to plant a fig tree

We are having one fantastic summer. To date, just one or two triple-digit days. We hear the peaches aren’t as good this year, but they taste just fine to us. And last weekend, we started seeing figs at the farmers market. Whoopee. This drink was inspired by one we had on vacation that used a candied, dried fig. We say fresh is always better. If you don’t like a bit of fig pulp in your glass, stick to a regular Manhattan.

Fig Manhattans

  • 3 figs (one large, two small)
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 2 dashes chocolate or orange bitters
  • date syrup or honey

Slice the small figs in half and using a pastry brush dab a bit of honey or date syrup on the fleshy pink inside. Thread on a skewer and set aside. Muddle the large fig in a small glass. Once it’s all smashed pour the liquors over it and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the bitters in a shaker with ice and then pour in the liquor and mashed fig. Shake and strain into a martini glass. You’ll have some fig bits still. Garnish with the figs on a skewer.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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14 Responses to Fig Manhattans

  1. I will have a double please.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. that looks so good!

  3. I cannot wait to try this…just lovely.

  4. Karie Engels says:

    Love a great Manhattan ~ I am excited to try this one!!

  5. Eva Taylor says:

    Just bought a quart of fresh black figs! Perfect timing.

  6. nrhatch says:

    That is so COOL!

  7. Ooh, I like those skewered figs!

  8. niasunset says:

    WOW! The photograph is amazing, and seems sooooo delicious… Thank you, love, nia

  9. blueberriejournal says:

    The drink looks delicious…

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