I really love fresh figs. I am so glad that we are now able to purchase fresh figs in one variety or another year round. But, if not able to find fresh, the dried and the preserves are excellent.
However, there is no substitute for fresh ginger root. It has a hot and fragrant quality that just has no equal. Luckily it is available year round in our grocery stores. Pick some up and keep it in a bag in your freezer and you will be prepared whenever you need a piece.
This is a great cocktail. It has such a great balance of sweet from the figs offset with the heat of the ginger and tart fresh lemon. The ginger simple syrup is wonderful to keep on hand. Try a drizzle over ice-cream. Add to a glass of club soda for a delicious homemade ginger ale. Or just add a drizzle to your other cocktail creations for your own signature drink.
Ginger and figs both have great health benefits. Ginger is known for alleviating gastrointestinal distress and figs are high in dietary fiber, calcium and potassium. And put together, they taste wonderful!
I love to keep this simple and serve it with a fresh fig half wrapped in prosciutto and a wedge of good blue cheese drizzled with honey.
- 2 ounce vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 ounce ginger simple syrup*
- 1 tablespoon fig preserves
- Fresh or dried fig and candied ginger for garnish if desired.
*Ginger Simple Syrup
- 2 ounces fresh ginger root
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- Pinch salt
Chop the ginger into small chunks (no need to peel it first). Place in a small saucepan with the water, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. When cool, strain into a jar. Cover and refrigerate.
- Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add the vanilla vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and preserves. Shake well, until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or pour over ice. Garnish with fig and candied ginger if desired.