Make this Fig Leaf Cocktail and you will have a unique and elegant cocktail that's perfect for fall. Fig leaf syrup adds a subtle vanilla and coconut flavor to this craft cocktail that everyone will enjoy.
Why I Love This Recipe
This Fig Leaf Vodka Gimlet is certainly a unique and interesting cocktail. Yes, fig leaves are edible, and yes they taste great! It's similar to cherry or peach pits tasting like almonds, which have been used to make flavored spirits for quite some time. Fig leaves also have a subtle and delicate flavor that works perfectly in a cocktail.
Are Fig Leaves Edible?
Fig leaves are indeed edible and commonly used in steaming, baking, or grilling preparations. Dried fig leaves can also be boiled to create a flavorful tea.
These versatile leaves serve as excellent wraps for steamed fish, rice, and vegetables. Moreover, they can be used as a substitute for spinach in stews or soups.
However, it's important to note that the sap of fig leaves (the milky white substance found in the stems when cut) can cause irritation. To avoid any discomfort, it is crucial to thoroughly wash the leaves, remove the stems, and cleanse your hands afterward.
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How to Make a Fig Leaf Cocktail
- Add vodka, freshly squeezed lime juice, and fig leaf syrup to a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Shake until nice and cold, about 20 seconds.
- Strain the liquid into a coupe glass. Garnish if desired with a fig slice or lime peel.
How to get Fig Leaf Flavor into a Cocktail
To get the flavor of a fig leaf into a cocktail, you will be adding a simple syrup made of sugar, water, and fresh fig leaves. Check out my Fig Leaf Syrup recipe for the full tutorial.
What Do Fig Leaves Taste Like?
Fig leaves have a flavor that reminds me of vanilla and coconut. There is almost an element of nuttiness like almond or cashew. Although the flavor is distinct and unique, it is also subtle so don't expect a flavor bomb from this recipe.
What Vodka to Use for This Drink?
As with most cocktails, the better quality liquor you use, the better your cocktail is going to taste. Since a gimlet has only three ingredients, you will certainly taste the difference between inexpensive vodka and higher quality.
I used Tito's Vodka for my gimlet. I like Tito's because it's still decently priced (about $25-$30) and it has a smooth taste that works well in craft cocktails. That being said, you can use your favorite vodka, and if it's inexpensive but you love it, go for it!
Home Bartending Tools
I always say, to make a great cocktail at home, you need the right tools. For this craft cocktail, you will need a cocktail shaker with a strainer, a measuring jigger, and a coupe glass. Check out this list of Homebartending Tools for more info.
Fig Leaf Vodka Gimlet
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce fig leaf syrup
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- fig slice or lime peel for garnish (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Shake until nice and cold, about 10 seconds.
- Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish if desired with a fig slice or a lime peel. Cheers!
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