You know what day it is. It’s the dawn of the weekend. I like to call it Cocktail Friday around here. And I really couldn’t resist making a cocktail with all the beautiful figs hanging out at the grocery store. They were just calling my name! So I paired up the gentle sweetness of black mission figs with the floral brightness of elderflower tonic water in this Honey Roasted Fig and Elderflower Cocktail. The great thing about roasting the figs before blending them up and straining them for this cocktail is that it brings out the best flavor and sweetness in them. You’ll find some cocktail recipes that call for you to just muddle the raw figs (and I’m sure they’re great), but you won’t be able to achieve the same level of fig flavor and sweetness.
Just be careful not to add too much elderflower tonic water to top off the fig and vodka base – it can start to overpower the figs pretty quickly. If you can’t find elderflower tonic water, you could always sub out 1 oz of vodka with 1 oz of St. Germain elderflower liqueur and use regular tonic water to finish off the drink. Then you can use as much tonic as you’d like to finish off your drink!
Cheers to the weekend!
- 6 oz Fever Tree Refreshingly Light Elderflower Tonic
- 3 oz vodka
- 1 1/2 oz lemon juice, divided
- 5 black mission figs, stems removed and halved, (55 grams)
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange halved figs cut side up on the baking sheet. Top each fig with a drop of honey.
- Roast figs for 20 minutes, then allow to cool slightly. Add roasted figs and 1/2 oz of lemon juice to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Strain fig puree through a mesh sieve to remove pieces of skin.
- Add fig puree, vodka, and remaining lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then divide mixture evenly into two coupe glasses. Top with Elderflower Tonic just before serving.
For my macro trackers out there, I wasn’t able to create a My Fitness Pal barcode for this recipe since I would have had to decide for you whether to put the alcohol calories in as carbs or fats – that’s up to you! The 21 carbs listed here are just for the lemon juice, figs, tonic water, and honey. For my non-macro trackers, here’s more info on what I’m talking about.