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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Sep 6, 2012

Fig Old Fashioned

Figs first started appearing at my farmers' market about a month ago, and while it marks the end of summer, there are so many fruits and veggies to appreciate during each season.  This recipe for a Fig Old Fashioned was first posted on The Kitchn back in October, but I had missed my opportunity to make it.  While it's not your typical Old Fashioned (whiskey/bourbon, bitters, sugar cube & citrus peel),  it mimics the flavors of one.  It's going to have a slightly thicker consistency because of the fig - you don't want to be chewing on seeds and pulp.  I actually added a bit more bourbon into mine so it would have a better liquid consistency (and I like my drinks a little stronger).  I'll be definitely be making this libation throughout the fall season, while I work my way through a bowl full of figs.

Fig Old Fashioned
  • 1 black mission fig
  • 1/4 oz maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
  • 1 1/2-2 oz bourbon (I used Bulleit)
  • 1/2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- Cut the fig in quarters and place in a mixing glass with the maple syrup.
- Muddle into a paste.
- Add the bourbon, orange juice, balsamic vinegar and some ice, and shake.
- Double strain, using either a Boston Shaker or a traditional shaker and a small fine-mesh sieve, into a glass filled with ice or one large ice cube.