The Fig and Bourbon

The Fig and BourbonThe temperature has finally fallen a bit around here. Still warm but no longer hot. The summer fruits are disappearing, replaced by lovely apples and pears and figs! Yay for figs.

They have such a short growing season from late summer into early fall and are almost gone already.

I’ve been taking advantage of their short time in the market and making Yogurt Fig Cake and Fig Salad but a fig cocktail? Oh, yes, indeed.

They lend a sweet but subtle flavor that goes well with almost any liquor but somehow, the warmth of bourbon seemed the perfect choice. Cheers!

Per Serving:

  • 2 Fresh figs
  • 1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
  • 2 oz. Club soda
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  1. Place the figs in a cocktail shaker with the bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters.
  2. Muddle together using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with the club soda.
  4. Garnish with a slice of fresh fig, if desired.

Cranberry Gin Fizz

Cranberry Gin Fizz

If it’s December, there must be a bag of cranberries in my refrigerator at all times. So many delicious possibilities.  Cranberry sauce, cranberry bread or my personal favorite, orange cranberry scones. So, which have I made? Um…OK, time got a little away from me this month.

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But in the interest of cracking open that bag of cranberries and getting the party started, I thought I’d begin with a cocktail.

Hmm…vodka, rum, bourbon? Gin. It’s been a while since I got out the bottle of gin and I wondered how the juniper would pair with cranberries. Perfectly. It pairs perfectly. Now I’ll just sip this while I ponder what else to do with those cranberries. Cheers!

Per Serving:
2 oz. Gin
2 oz. Cranberry juice
1 oz. Club soda
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake well and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with some sugared cranberries, if desired.


Chocolate Covered Pretzel Martini

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Martini

I like my sweets salty and my salty snacks sweet. In other words, I’m obsessed with chocolate covered pretzels. Anytime I find myself in a gourmet treat store, I know at least one giant coated pretzel will be coming home with me. And it’s all I can do to not buy more.Chocolate Covered Pretzel Martini2

So, of course, I needed to recreate my favorite candy in liquid form. In this case it was pretty easy and, as you drink, you get the sweet and salt from the rim followed by a boozy chocolate punch when you drink. It’s almost better than the actual candy store treat. Cheers!

Per Serving:
1 1/2 oz. Chocolate vodka
1/2 oz. Buttershots caramel liqueur
1/2 oz. Chocolate liqueur
1 oz. Chocolate ice cream
1 1/2 oz. Milk
Crushed pretzels and melted chocolate for rimming the glass

Dip the rim of your glass in the melted chocolate and then in the crushed pretzels.  Refrigerate for a few minutes to set. Add the vodka, buttershots liqueur, chocolate liqueur, ice cream and milk to a cocktail shaker.  Fill with ice, shake well and pour into the prepared glass.


Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini

Pumpkin Cheesecake MartiniIn case you were concerned that we’re already more than a week into October and there haven’t been any pumpkin cocktails, rest easy.  We like our pumpkins in all forms and that definitely includes liquid!

For some reason, I’ve had cheesecake on the brain lately.  Um… OK, I’m lying because I pretty much always have cheesecake on the brain, but more intensely these days. Probably because I’ve been planning to bake a pumpkin cheesecake (not something I’ve made before) and most of my desserts end up recreated as cocktails.

While I was browsing around the interwebs I saw a lot of cheesecake flavored instant pudding granules being used but I didn’t have any in the house.  I do however have cream cheese and that is, after all, how I make cheesecake.  It’s now also how I make cheesecake cocktails. Cheers!

Per Serving:
3 oz. Half & half or milk
2 Tablespoons cream cheese
1 1/2 oz. Vanilla vodka
1 1/2 oz. Unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 oz. Simple syrup
1/2 oz. Buttershots liqueur
Pinch of cinnamon
Tiny pinch of salt
Crushed graham cracker for the rim

Place the crushed graham cracker in a shallow bowl.  Rub a tiny bit of pumpkin puree along the rim of your cocktail glass and dip it into the cracker bowl. Refrigerate for a few minutes to set.

In a blender or small food processor, puree the milk, cream cheese, vodka, pumpkin, simple syrup, buttershots, cinnamon and salt.  Pour into the prepared glass and keep in the refrigerator for approx. 15 minutes to cool and thicken.