|Fall Soirée: Fig Recipes, Cocktails to Tempt Taste Buds|
|Written by Abbie Stutzer|
Entertaining guests in autumn is a joy. The weather is more agreeable. Foods, spices and fruits of fall are warm and welcoming to the palette and nose, too. One naturally sweet flower (that’s no typo, indeed a flower) that compliments cocktails, cheeses and appetizers is the fig.
Figs pack an awesome nutritional punch with oodles of potassium, calcium, iron and fiber. While fig varieties (Kadota, Black Mission, Brown Turkey, California, Turkish) have nuanced flavors and textures, each compliments drinks and dishes all the same.
When planning a fall get-together, it’s smart (and enjoyable) to create a unique drink menu. It’s great to include staple drinks, such as a Horsefeather and classic martini, but adding seasonal drinks that feature figs will bring diversity to your drink options.
Fig puree (directions):
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place figs in 9"x9" metal baking pan. Pour balsamic vinegar over figs. Bake 12 minutes. Stir twice to prevent burning, remove figs. Cool 10 minutes. Pour figs and liquid into blender. Purée until blended. Store in refrigerator in airtight container for up to one week.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add fig purée, whiskey, lemon juice, maple syrup and orange bitters. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass.
The Fig Thyme (via Cocktails at Six)
Organic fig (1, quartered)
Simple syrup directions:
Cocktail concocting is complete! Now, you’re ready to slice and dice those extra figs. Fresh and dried organic figs pair well with cheese, pork and prosciutto. Figs also compliment dishes with organic rosemary, thyme, nutmeg and honey, too.
Figs, ricotta cheese, honey and poppy seeds (via Earthbound Farm Organic)
Organic balsamic vinegar (2 cups)
Plate preparation (serves four):
If you still have a plethora of figs, try our OA recipe for Stuffed Figs with Burrata, Arugula, Wrapped in Prosciutto. Another simple, light meal that’s guaranteed to please.