Incredibly simple to make, this Fig Infused Bourbon packs some major flavor. Delicious as is, this bourbon also makes a great addition to many winter drinks and pairs well with anything vanilla.

I don’t know about you, but for some reason this week has been a bit of a blur. Not due to being busy, rather somewhat the opposite. Luckily, both G and I have this week off between Christmas and New Year’s.

Or should I say thankfully. Because I don’t think I would have been very productive at work. I had high hopes of taking advantage of this time off to get the house cleaned up and organized, get ahead on some recipes for the blog, and to slip fun in somewhere between.

We’ve gotten some organization done; G built an amazing work bench area in the basement for his furniture building and house renovation work, and also built me some massive shelves for storing photography props and general house stuff. I’ve finally gotten everything moved back onto the shelves and am moving on to the dreaded closet.

Incredibly simple to make, this Fig Infused Bourbon packs some major flavor. Delicious as is, this bourbon also makes a great addition to many winter drinks and pairs well with anything vanilla. | Zestful Kitchen

I haven’t been able to sit still long enough to get recipes ready for testing or get any work done in general. Other than getting my thank you cards sent out, I feel like everything I’ve started I haven’t completed. And I’m not sure if this is simply a sign that I needed a break, or if it’s withdrawal from the excitement and anticipation of the holidays.


But it’s not over yet! We still have New Year’s Eve and bonus—this will make a delicious addition to your bar for the remainder of winter.

One of my simpler recipes, this one only calls for three ingredients. And other than cutting the figs, the prep time is rather naught. A quick shake every day for two weeks and a stunning bourbon, worthy of just about any occasion, is easily created.

Cheers!

Incredibly simple to make, this Fig Infused Bourbon packs some major flavor. Delicious as is, this bourbon also makes a great addition to many winter drinks and pairs well with anything vanilla. | Zestful Kitchen

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Incredibly simple to make, this Fig Infused Bourbon packs some major flavor. Delicious as is, this bourbon also makes a great addition to many winter drinks and pairs well with anything vanilla. | Zestful Kitchen

Fig Infused Bourbon

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen

Description

Incredibly simple to make, this Fig Infused Bourbon packs some major flavor. Delicious as is, this bourbon also makes a great addition to many winter drinks and pairs well with anything vanilla.


Ingredients

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  • 1 (750ml) bottle 100 proof bourbon whiskey
  • 1 cup quartered dried Turkish figs
  • 1 cup quartered and stemmed dried mission figs

Instructions

Combine bourbon and dried figs in a large glass container or jar and secure with a tight fitting lid. Shake well then set in a dry, dark place. Shake once a day for 2 weeks. Double strain bourbon through a clean fine mesh strainer into a clean bottle. Enjoy as desired.

How I serve Fig Infused Bourbon: For a kick of vanilla, I stir in a bit of vanilla bean paste (¼-½ teaspoon) per 1½ ounce drink. And because this bourbon is a bit more viscous than straight bourbon, I like to serve it with a few ice cubes.


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Incredibly simple to make, this Fig Infused Bourbon packs some major flavor. Delicious as is, this bourbon also makes a great addition to many winter drinks and pairs well with anything vanilla. | Zestful Kitchen

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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    1. I didn’t try this recipe but tried one similar to yours. I baked fresh figs drizzled with vanilla paste and then empersed them in Whiskey. I did as in yours stir them once a day for two weeks. I like the idea to add vanilla to the whiskey as you suggested in your recipe.

      1. I love the idea of baking them first, great way to concentrate the flavors even more! Thanks for sharing Denise!

  1. I bet this would make a really good glaze for a chocolate cake too if you cook it down a bit! YUM!

  2. I gave this a try and it is really good. Makes a really smooth and delicious sipping whiskey after a great hike or day of fishing!

  3. This is awesome. Do you have any recs for best bourbon whiskey to use? Or which figs work best? Thank you!

    1. Thanks Andrew! I really like Knob Creek bourbon for this recipe. And for figs, I like to buy Sun Maid brand or dried figs from Trader Joes. Plus, the combo of Turkish dried figs and mission dried figs is important for balance of flavors!

  4. I love the combination of fig and bourbon! Do you have other fig and bourbon variations from this as a cocktail?

    1. Hi Kevin! Unfortunately I don’t currently have other cocktails with this flavor combo—but I will take note to add some!

  5. I made it exactly as described. I tried this infused whiskey at a restaurant and it was mind blowing wonderful. Your recipe exactly mimics hers (the bartender) to perfection. It was not the same! I almost cried, I have patiently waited, shook the whiskey each day, kept it dark and cool, the works. It was not deep, or smooth. It burned a little, a strong bite. Help me. Crying in California over mis-infused whiskey done.