The Marriage of Figaro Cocktail

Judy Bronson's The Marriage of Figaro Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Infusion: 120 hrs
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
221 Calories
3g Fat
45g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Protein 12g
Calcium 49mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The beauty of The Marriage of Figaro cocktail is the use of fig-infused bourbon. It is spectacular, and a natural flavor pairing that you'll find fascinating. It's definitely a homemade infusion, but while you have it, think of using it to spice up other favorite whiskey cocktails, such as the Manhattan, for a unique twist.

Beyond the infusion itself, this cocktail recipe contains a complex and rich blend of flavor. It was created by Judy Bronson (Cocktations blog) and she did a wonderful job of finding balance for a unique ingredient.

The fig-infused bourbon is paired with equal parts of regular bourbon and Cardamaro, adding allspice dram for the perfect finishing touch. While you may be tempted to use any amaro (e.g., Averna), it's highly recommended to hold out for Cardamaro. It includes cardoon (artichoke-like) and blessed thistle and tends to be less bitter than other options.

Ingredients

  • For the Fig-Infused Bourbon:
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle bourbon (Four Roses Yellow Label)
  • 1/8 pound Turkish figs (dried; diced)
  • 1/4 pound mission figs (dried; diced)
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 1 ounce fig-infused bourbon
  • 1 ounce bourbon (Four Roses)
  • 1 ounce Cardamaro
  • 1 teaspoon allspice dram (St. Elizabeth)
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

Make the Fig-Infused Bourbon

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large glass jar, pour a full bottle of bourbon.

  3. Add 1/8 pound of diced, dried Turkish figs and 1/4 pound of diced, dried mission (black) figs.

  4. Seal the jar tightly, and allow the infusion to rest in a cool, dark place for 5 to 7 days, agitating the mixture every 24 hours.

  5. Strain the infusion first through a fine mesh strainer, then through cheese cloth, pouring the strained liquor back into the original bottle.

Tips

  • The varieties of figs chosen are very specific and a perfect combination for the whiskey. Black mission figs are very sweet while brown Turkish figs are noticeably milder and lighter.
  • The infused bourbon can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months.

Make the Marriage of Figaro Cocktail

  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the two bourbons, Cardamaro, and allspice dram.

  2. Stir well.

  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

How Strong Is a Marriage of Figaro?

Whenever a cocktail's made entirely of alcoholic ingredients, you should expect it to be a strong drink. This one is no exception, weighing in at an average 27 percent ABV (54 proof). Savor its amazing taste, but keep in mind that a second or third round will add up very quickly.