Fig Shrub

Ok, so this cocktail is a bit different from what I usually make. However, I’m a huge fan of vinegar, and when I make a salad, it’s usually so acidic that it’s difficult to breathe due to the fumes. Now that might make you a little scared and put fear in your belly, but believe me when I say that I know I’m a freak and have toned down the use of vinegar for the sake of others.

With that in mind, today’s cocktail is a combination of figs and balsamic vinegar, and if that scares you, just consider that balsamic vinegar is made in the same way as wine except with a different bacteria that turns alcohol into acetic acid. Or think of it like lemon juice which is hard to resist in cocktails if you like sweet and sour. Basically, this cocktail is fruity, tart, and complex like a delicious Syrah.

Fig Shrub Cocktail @ makefor365.com
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Fig Shrub Cocktail @ makefor365.com
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Fig Shrub Cocktail @ makefor365.com
This work is copyrighted – do NOT publish/repost/use it without my permission.

Fig Shrub Cocktail @ makefor365.com
This work is copyrighted – do NOT publish/repost/use it without my permission.

Recipe:

In a 16 oz mason jar, add a couple spoonfuls of fig jam.

Note: If your fig jam is cool/cold, microwave for a few seconds to soften it.

Pour 1½ oz vodka and ½ oz high quality balsamic vinegar.

Note:  Regular off-the-shelf cheap balsamic vinegar is basically white vinegar with caramel coloring and little depth or flavor.  As you go up the price ladder, you’ll notice a sharp change in flavor, mouth-feel, and overall quality, and since the balsamic vinegar plays a major role in this drink, I’d recommend getting the best vinegar you can afford.

Screw top onto jar and shake until combined.

Carefully add ice and top with sparkling water.

Serve with a straw.


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2 thoughts on “Fig Shrub

  1. The nature of your blog, lends itself to drunken ramblings (or is it ramblinn in your parts) from your readers. So I feel warranted to respond while under the influence – yes, it is in the middle of the day. You struck a nerve with vinegar; I wanted to name my daughter Vinegar …. Well that did not happen. I never thought of making a drink with vinegar. I have an extra bottle of vinegar, just in case we run out of vinegar. Here is the under the influence part – I have another bottle hidden, just in case we go through both bottles of vinegar. If I was ever going to get a tattoo, it would be the word Vinegar done in illuminated manuscript fonts, like you would find in a codex. Of course it would be spelled incorrectly, to reflect my persona. Growing up my mother put vinegar on the table for every meal (in a fine crystal decanter). My tongue is swelling as I recall this. Well, if you wanted normalcy I would recommend a blog on something like pressed flowers (this is a joke and no offense to pressing flowers). Thank you for the drink ideas. Please note; I have been thrown out of a car on a road trip talking about vinegar; so I tried to be ephemeral and stay on topic.

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