When the weather gets cooler, it’s time to take your weekend cocktails up a notch. I love Prosecco and that is no secret but adding a little of your homemade Fig & Fennel Vodka makes it fall-like and sublime!
Originally published online By FOOD & WINE, March 2006.
What you need:
- 18 ounces vodka
- 1/2 pound dried Black Mission figs, quartered
- 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
Options for add-in’s:
- Whole vanilla bean or a drop or two of pure vanilla extract
- Rosemary sprigs
- One teaspoon of pure honey
What to do:
In an airtight container, combine the vodka, dried figs, and fennel. Add any additional options as well; cover and refrigerate for a week.
Shake the container each day. (Thanks Chip!)
Strain the infused vodka through a very fine strainer into a pitcher. It may take a time or two to get the vodka ‘clear.’
Enjoy this phenomenal elixir. Here are some options to get you started!
Possible bartending combos:
Straight up! Divide the vodka among 6 to 8 ice-filled rocks glasses. Garnish each drink with half a fresh fig. If you used Rosemary sprigs, add one to the glass before serving.
Sheer Perfection Martini: 2 oz. Fig & Fennel Vodka, 1/2 oz. Elderflower Liqueur, and a healthy pour of Prosecco. You can garnish with a fresh fig or lemon slice.
F&F Martini: 2 oz. Fig & Fennel Vodka, 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth. Stop at this point, shake with crushed ice, and serve. NOTE: you can add 1 oz. of your juice of choice, shake and serve.
Happy yet? You will be soon.