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This Figgy Maple Bourbon Fizz Tastes Like Fall Itself

As the weather gets colder, the leaves have started to turn from lush shades of green to vibrant ambers, yellows, and oranges. It's safe to say the seasons are changing -- and so are our cocktail preferences. Bourbon never goes out of style, but it does get a boost from this killer recipe by DrinksMadeEasy, in which juicy, fresh figs, rich maple syrup, and peppery ginger beer combine to create mélange of fall flavors as harmonious and colorful as the season itself. 

Figgy Maple Bourbon Fizz

Yield: 2

  • 1 fresh fig, halved
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (the darker the better)
  • 1 lemon wedge, for squeezing
  • 3-4 dashes of vanilla coconut maple bitters or Angostura bitters
  • 3 ounces of fig-infused bourbon
  • Ginger beer
  • To Infuse The Bourbon: Take a Mason jar and fill it halfway with fresh figs. Top with bourbon to the rim of the jar, seal, and let sit for 5-7 days, gently stirring it once a day. Once infused, strain bourbon through a tea strainer and transfer it to another clean jar for storage (the figs can be used to make a boozy jam, or discarded). 
  • In an old fashioned glass, pour 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and 2-3 dashes of bitters. Muddle the ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Add 1½ ounces of fig-infused bourbon, pour the contents into a cocktail shaker full of ice, and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. 
  • Strain the drink into an old fashioned glass over ice, top with a float of ginger beer, and stir gently. 
  • Poke a cocktail spear through the halved fig so that it rests on the rim of the glass, and serve.  
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