Fig Old Fashioned
An old fashioned is the preferred go-to for any bourbon fanatic; a simple starting point to improvise from. Specific to this variation using figs, Page and Mallory say that figs vary on the flavor spectrum from sweet to berry, and they wanted to showcase the nuances of the fig, so they opted to drop the traditional bitter component of an old fashioned and substitute their Royal Rose Three Chile Syrup (made from poblano, jalapeño, and ancho chilies). Additionally, rather than the traditional “sugar cube” in an old fashioned, they used just a splash of their Split Rock Bourbon Barrel Rested Organic Maple Syrup, infusing more whiskey barrel notes and tones. This created a nicely balanced, not-too-sweet old fashioned. Think sounds of rustling colorful leaves and crisp cool air. This is a delicious autumn sipper to add to your cocktail repertoire.
2 organic dried figs
2 ounces Split Rock Organic Bourbon Whiskey
½ ounce Royal Rose Organic Three Chile Syrup
¼ ounce Split Rock Organic Bourbon Barrel Rested Maple Syrup
¼ ounce balsamic vinegar
Orange peel and fig for garnish
Destem and quarter figs. Place in the bottom of glass or shaker, add syrup and muddle. Add rest of ingredients. Add ice and shake. Strain twice using a tea strainer or fine mesh strainer.
Pour into a glass with ice—try a single large cube or sphere to slow the melt (Split Rock even sells sphere ice molds.) Garnish with orange peel and a halved fig.