Fig season is painfully short. This fall cocktail uses dried figs, so that you can make it all fall and winter long!
You guys! I almost completely missed fig season. We got a pint of beautiful figs from our CSA maybe a month ago, and I devoured them within an hour of discovering them in the basket. That was my only fresh fig goodness this fall, and I was super bummed about it, because I’d been wanting to do a fall cocktail with fresh figs and ginger.
I was standing in the produce section at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago lamenting my problem and trying to figure out what to make for this week’s cocktail, since figs were apparently not happening, when I ran into my friend Elena from VEGANesp. She suggested using soaked dates instead, and I almost made a dates and ginger cocktail. Then I realized that I could buy dried figs and soak them, just like she’d suggested doing with the dates! It was a magical moment, and I never would have gotten there if we hadn’t bumped into each other. Thank goodness for Atlanta’s vegan community!
This recipe is adapted from this non-vegan fig cocktail that uses fresh figs and ginger ale. I wanted to reduce the sugar and use fresh ginger instead of sodapop, so I kind of used The Shiksa in the Kitchen’s recipe as a jumping-off point, then adjusted wildly.
Figgy Ginger Fizz
This drink works beautifully as a cocktail or as a mocktail. To make it a mocktail, just follow the instructions but skip the alcohol. You can also dish up the puree as a ginger figgy pudding and skip the drink part of this recipe all together!
- 6 ounces dried figs, halved with stems removed
- juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
- 1″ piece of fresh ginger, chopped
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- 1 ounce of good vodka (per cocktail, optional)
- soda water
- more lemon, for garnish (optional)
- Pour just enough water over the figs to cover them, and soak them for 6 hours or overnight.
- Puree the figs, soaking water, lemon juice, ginger, and maple syrup until you have a smooth puree. You can store this mixture in the fridge for a couple of days, so don’t be afraid to make this ahead of time.
- To make one cocktail, combine 1/4 cup of the fig mixture with 1 ounce of vodka, if you’re using it. Top off the glass with soda water. Give it a stir, and garnish with a piece of lemon, if you like.