I don't just like figs, I love them. I'm drawn to them on menus but can't recall ever seeing them on a drink list before. A recent visit to this place revealed a cocktail that really knocked it out of the park - the Fig Tree.
Now, before you think I'm suggesting an alcoholic version of a Fig Newton, let me clarify that the fig here refers to the leaves only which impart a delicate yet distinct flavor.
The other interesting ingredient, and new to me, is Velvet Falernum. Widely used in a host of tropical drinks, this sugarcane-based liqueur with botanicals, almonds and cloves really kicks up the flavor factor.
The drink list above indicates Nolet's gin but I used Death's Door because these people recommended it. And quite frankly, if you're spending $50+ on a bottle of booze the only thing you need to be mixing it with is ice - if you mix it with anything at all.
2 oz Gin
1 oz Velvet Falernum
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz fig leaf infused simple syrup
Fig leaf simple syrup: Place 4-5 fresh fig leaves in a sauce pan with 1 cup of sugar - I like using raw or brown sugar for added depth, and 1 cup of water. Simmer for 20 minutes and allow to cool completely.
Add all of the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice, strain into stem glass and garnish with a twist of lime.
Now tell me, what's not to love about figs?