If you like figs and Manhattans (which you have to! because they are both delicious!), here’s a sweet, autumn variation on a Manhattan. It’s the perfect drink to sip by the fireplace.
Go DIY and make fig bourbon to use in this recipe. If you’re really feeling adventurous, make the bitters yourself, too. Dubonnet is an aperitif much like sweet vermouth, and it can be found in most liquor stores. However, this would taste great with vermouth as a substitute.
Pardon the punny name … I couldn’t resist.
2 ounces fig-infused bourbon*
1 ounce Dubonnet
2 dashes cherry bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
1 part bourbon
1 part fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
Put the figs in a sealable glass jar and pour in the bourbon. Seal the jar and shake. Let the infusion steep for 3-5 days, tasting after each day until the desired flavor is achieved. For a stronger flavor, steep for even longer. Strain out the solids through cheese cloth. Store infused bourbon as you would any other spirit.
This recipe was invented using a ratio from the book! For tips and recipes for more simple yet amazing homemade drinks, check out DIY Cocktails
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