1440 Mixologist Joey Driussi creates unique cocktails. Perfect for those looking for a lighter cocktail, sake combined with farm-fresh seasonal ingredients elevates the art of cocktailing to an entirely different level. The bright layers of flavor in the Fig & Ginger Shrub Margarita will impress even the most experienced mixology aficionados. Savor the notes of the Black Currant Old-Fashioned to feel as though you're next to a campfire at sunset, and serve the Asian Pear & Apple Sangria to lighten everyone's spirits during the dark winter months.
Pair this cocktail with savory barbecued surf and turf.
Yield: 2 Cocktails
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
4 cups diced fresh figs (about 15 figs)
¾ cup peeled ginger
10 ounces sake
2 ounces lime juice
splash of orange juice
honey and salt for rimming
Fig & Ginger Shrub: Combine the sugar, apple cider vinegar, diced figs, and peeled ginger. Mix well and store covered overnight; stir occasionally. Double strain through a mesh sieve to discard the large pulpy material. Depending on the size of the sieve, you may have leftover fig seeds in your creation. This is okay as the seeds don't add an off-putting texture or taste.
The Cocktail: Add fig & ginger shrub, sake, and lime and orange juice. Shake or stir. Rim your glasses with honey and dip into salt for an added sweet-salty combo. Pour over ice and enjoy.