It’s cocktail time, baby (well, not my baby, but you get it)! Before we get to this fig spritzer – a delectable fall vodka cocktail…a hilarious story. When I was pregnant, I enrolled my husband and I in a breastfeeding class (you can read that story, struggle, and survival here). No surprise, one of the questions they covered was drinking alcohol while you are breastfeeding…
She said that if you have one drink, you can feed two hours later. BUT she said. BUT I’m referring to one standard-sized drink. She said, “I don’t mean a house pour or a dive bar pour. Only a standard pour.” We were cracking up because we knew EXACTLY what she meant. Gotta love those homemade glasses of wine!!
Of course the woman behind us followed up that conversation with, “so what if you accidentally get drunk?” Oh my!! To be fair, however, after not drinking for nine months, one drink can do a bit of damage!
Fall Vodka Cocktail
Anyway, on the topic of standard pours and delicious cocktails, this fig spritzer is a perfect way to finish off those warm days. I just love fig season and I know it’s tapering off.
With that in mind, a quick cocktail (that doesn’t take too many figs) seems wonderfully in order. And what better way to ease into the next season than with a fall vodka cocktail!
The gorgeous ombre effect is made by just mulling the figs with vodka and honey. After you strain the fig syrup you’ve made into the glass, top it with sparkling wine. The color will start to seep into the neutral sparkling wine and the beautiful color variation will happen on its own!
I’m still seeing fresh figs at Trader Joe’s, so they’re still available at least in California. And since I have one more fig recipe to sneak in this summer, I hope they stick around a little longer!
Fresh Fig Recipes
If you love fresh figs as much as I do, or just have too many in your world, enjoy these fresh fig recipes. And savory fig toast has your mornings (and lunches) covered!
Fresh fig cake is one of my all item favorite recipes for a fabulously simple and seemingly decadent baked goodie.
And these salted honey & fig crackers are a yummy appetizer or even a small breakfast that’s fast and easy!
Dried Fig Recipes
When the time comes for dried figs, don’t forget about their tastiness. Chocolate dipped figs are perfect for dessert or even a homemade gift.
It’s so easy to forget about cocktails when it comes to seasonal eating, but it’s a fun way to enjoy that natural deliciousness.
FALL VODKA COCKTAIL
- 4 small figs such as Kadota or Tiger figs
- 2 teaspoon honey
- 2 ounces vodka
- Sparkling wine
- Fig slices for garnish
- Add the figs to a cocktail shaker or glass. Drizzle in the honey and then add the vodka. Mull the figs with the vodka and honey until they are smashed and a thick syrup results.
- Fill a 10-ounce cocktail glass with ice. Pour the fig syrup through a strainer into the glass. You can gently smash the fig to extract more juices. Top the glass with sparkling wine. Garnish with a fig slice before serving.