It seems like so many good things are in full season in Seattle as we enter the Dog Days of summer: dahlias galore are sprouting all around our neighborhood and their fiery colors are bountiful at the markets, black figs are spilling out of crates on the market shelves and herbs are reaching towards the late summer sun in our garden. What better way to use all of this freshness than with a garden cocktail?
This is a cocktail recipe that can be made in a large batch for guests and in advance – just add the garnishes when your guests arrive. Taking the steps to make a delightful garden-inspired cocktail will be rewarding as your guests can’t get enough!
fresh black figs || fresh rosemary sprigs || vodka || lemon juice || dash of honey || sparkling wine or seltzer water || ice
recipe is for one cocktail – just multiply by 5 or 6 to make a big batch
In a cocktail shaker pour 1 oz. vodka, a splash of lemon juice, a dash of honey and 2 oz. sparkling wine or seltzer water. Add ice and shake until chilled. Pour into a small dessert cup and garnish with fresh sliced figs and a sprig of rosemary. *Black figs can start to release their color if they’ve sat in liquid too long so serve within 15 minutes.
Photos and recipe: Valley & Co. Lifestyle
How do you like to incorporate figs or fresh bounty into your entertaining repertoire?