Today’s recipe is the Fig Daiquiri, which uses Nankai Shochu or Nankai Gold, muddled figs, honey syrup, and lemon. This fig cocktail captures the fruit’s delicate honeyed flavors with a classic daiquiri cocktail structure, and the striking pink color will delight guests.
Most people know figs from biblical references or from the popular cookies, but figs are not only delicious, they’re fascinating. For example, figs are not technically fruits. They are actually inverted flowers. Many are even pollinated internally by wasps, though you don’t need to worry about eating wasp carcass.
So, you’d like to eat some or make the Fig Daiquiri but you don’t really see them around? That’s because figs are only in season from August to October. They don’t keep or transport well, and thus are often dried (which actually improves its nutritional value). However, for this seasonal cocktail, you’ll want fresh figs (we used Black Mission figs). If you want to learn more about the basics about figs, this is a concise write-up by Emily Han.
Below is our recipe for the Fig Daiquiri using our very own Nankai Shochu and Nankai Gold. This delicious fig cocktail will have you keeping tabs on fig season so you can make it again next year.
- 2 oz Nankai Shochu/Gold
- 2 Figs
- 0.5 oz Honey Syrup Water : Honey (1:1)
- 1/3 Lemon
- Muddle figs in shaker.
- Add remaining ingredients and ice.
- Shake and double strain into martini glass.
- Serve with fig garnish.