Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fig-infused alcohols

Even though my limoncello project didn't knock my socks off with the results, I am still (for the moment) intrigued by the idea of infusing alcohol with other flavors. Through my wine group I was exposed to nocino, a green-walnut-infused vodka. I bought some Nocello a few months ago, which is a less-potent and more-blended product, and last week I tried to get my hands on some green walnuts so I could make my own, but I missed the (very short!) season by a week.

However, in talking about nocino with a coworker, I was turned onto the idea of infusing vodka gin with figs. One recipe search led to another, and before I knew it, I was making quite the range of fig-infused booze!
I cut up a ton of black mission figs (okay.. three baskets' worth),

filled six jars about half-full,

and experimented with ingredients I had on hand.

After the limoncello experience, I realize I'm better off trying a few things for the first time out, and if I find something I like, then I can make more later. In this case it'll have to wait til next year, since figs are almost out of season, but that's okay.

back row, l-r:
  • figs, rum, 1 cinnamon stick, 5 cloves
  • figs, rum, 3/4 vanilla bean
  • figs, gin, 1/2 vanilla bean
front row, l-r:
  • figs, gin, 1 cinnamon stick, 5 cloves
  • figs, gin
  • figs, gin, lemon peel, 3/4 vanilla bean.

Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. oh my. This looks amazing! I've played around with various infused alcohols, but this is a new one for me. Can't wait to see how it turns out :)