Fig Bourbon Spritzer

When the warm weather starts including a slight nip in the air, reach for a fig bourbon spritzer to warm you up from the inside out. This drink mixes bourbon, the fig shrub and fresh grapefruit juice to create a refreshing cocktail. Enjoy our perfect California Fig cocktail while grilling up some meat and veggies at your next backyard barbecue.

Fig Shrub Bourbon Spritzer

Fig Bourbon Spritzer

Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink
Calories 140 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 fluid ounces bourbon
  • 1/4 fluid ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 12 fluid ounces balsamic fig shrub
  • Soda water
  • Grapefruit peel, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass ¾ of the way with ice cubes. Place bourbon, grapefruit juice, and fig shrub into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice cubes. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into the glass. Top with soda water.

  2. To make the garnish, slice a round of grapefruit peel. Using a small sharp knife, score the center of the peel. Thread the rosemary sprig through the center cut. Add garnish to the top of the cocktail.

Recipe and photo by Brian Samuels

Balsamic Fig Shrub

Fig Balsamic Shrub

Shrubs, for those of you who aren’t familiar with them, are vinegar-based syrups.  They’re made by mashing fruit with sugar and then soaking the fruit in vinegar for a week.  The resulting vinegar shrub is a slightly acidic, sweet, and fruity liquid that can be added to a cocktail to give it a little zip. This fig shrub includes our California Mission Dried Figs for a deep and earthy sweetness. Balsamic vinegar and California Figs are a perfect pair– we like them as a sauce spooned over spinach, or as a glaze drizzled on watermelon. This fruit shrub made with dried figs is great in cocktails (stay tuned!) and is a great mixer with sparkling water too.

Balsamic Fig Shrub

Course Drinks
Calories 25 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add the cut up figs. Sprinkle the sugar on top and then mix together until all the fruit is coated with sugar. Let sit for 1 hour at room temperature.

  2. Mash fruit with a wooden spoon. Once you have done so, let sit for another hour. Mash the fruit one last time. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours.

  3. Add in the vinegars, stir, and let sit, covered, for one week, making sure to give it a good stir every day.

  4. After a week, strain any larger pieces from the mixture and save the balsamic fig shrub in a mason jar for up to 3 weeks.

Recipe and photo by Brian Samuels