It looks like the humble fig is definitely having its moment in the spotlight, since there are an abundance of desserts, cocktails, and salad dishes featuring this delicious seasonal fruit.
If you’re prone to a naughty cocktail (or two) by the middle of the week, create these fun and fruity selections which are sure to be a hit.
Fig and Rosemary Cocktail
Ingredients: fig, rosemary, vodka, soda water
First up, a delicious cocktail which features a garnished cocktail, sprigs of rosemary, in a signature vodka soda. Infuse with some of your favourite juice for added flavour.
Apple and Fig Sangria
Ingredients: red wine, apple, fig, soda water, pomegranate, brandy, prosecco
Give your sangria a punch of flavour by adding some pomegranate juice to the prosecco and red wine mixture. Just don’t let it stain your clothes!
Ingredients: fresh figs, prosecco, water, sugar, champagne
Could there be a better match? Infuse your favourite champagne (we’re thinking something rosy and sweet), with a few slices of fresh fig. The taste is unlike anything else you’ve ever tried, and will be a long-time favourite.
Thyme and Fig Cocktail
Ingredients: pisco, Cointreau, thyme syrup, lime juice, fig, sugar
Just like a traditional brasserie cocktail, without the hefty price-tag! This cocktail is perfect for those who love something a little sweet during happy hour. Serve with something salty to balance out the taste.
Fig Bourbon Fizz
Ingredients: fresh figs, bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla coconut bitters, lemon juice, ginger beer
A thick, zingy cocktail which features a generous serving of vanilla maple to complement the fruity taste of the fig. The result? Spectacular, plus it also photographs really well.
Old-Fashioned Fig Cocktail
Ingredients: balsamic vinegar, orange juice, fig, bourbon, maple syrup
Bring some modern life to an old classic by incorporating a few fresh slices of fig. If you want the drink to be extra sweet, add one tablespoon of fig syrup for good measure.
Blackjack Fig and Whiskey Sour
Ingredients: bourbon, lemon, lime, figs, ice cubes
Finally, wrapping up with an interesting recipe featuring a fusion of sweet and sour flavours, accompanied with 3 ounces of bourbon.
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A colourful, delicious salad is hard to come by, but this one featuring prosciutto, fig and cheese is definitely a stand-out.
Made from fresh, quality ingredients, it can be enjoyed as a lunch snack, dinner, or even as an appetiser with a chilled glass of rosé wine, or are we just getting ahead of ourselves?
3 slices fresh prosciutto
3 fresh figs (sliced in half)
2 cups rocket and baby spinach
20g goats cheese (crumbled)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Fresh black pepper
- Heat the slices of prosciutto in a pan (or similarly in the grill) for a few minutes until golden brown. Make sure to cook on both sides.
- Wash the rocket and baby spinach, then combine on a plate with the prosciutto. Slice the figs in half and place them throughout the salad.
- Crumble the goats cheese over the top, then season with balsamic vinegar and cracked black pepper.
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Don’t let your next smoothie taste flat and lifeless, especially if you’re looking to stay on the healthier side for breakfast. Add some chopped zucchini which is not only budget-friendly, but is packed with folate, potassium, and Vitamin A. Combine with tasty fig for a sweet and savoury smoothie which is best served ice-cold!
2 fresh figs, stems removed and halved
1 frozen organic banana
1 cup zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup organic raw unsalted cashews, soaked
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Honey or other sweetener, as needed
Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
Handful of ice
1. Simply add the ingredients into a high-speed blender until you’ve reached a smooth and creamy consistency.
Image and Recipe via Tasty Yummies
A delicious cocktail which combines the beautiful flavours of both fig and lemon into one summer-inspired drink. Personalise this fruity recipe by adding just some of your favourite fruits and garnishes, which could also include strawberries, blueberries and mint leaves.
Enjoy with a light dinner-meal, or even serve with cheese and crackers if you’re expecting friends over for drinks.
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 tbsp of fresh fig puree
2 ounces vodka
Juice from 1 lemon
2 ounces rosemary honey syrup (for a sweeter drink)
1. To create the syrup, bring the water, honey and rosemary to a boil then remove and store in the fridge to chill.
2. For the rest of the cocktail, combine fig puree, lemon juice, vodka, and syrup into a cocktail shaker.
3. Fill 2 glasses with ice, and strain the mixture carefully over the ice cubes.
4. Top off the rest of the glass with soda water, and garnish with thyme, lemon peel, rosemary springs and fresh figs cut in half.
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