Abigail Gullo, head bar chef at SoBou restaurant in New Orleans, celebrates the flavor of ripe figs by muddling them with elderflower liqueur and shaking them in a cocktail shaker with vodka, lots of lemon juice, and agave nectar. This floral, sweet-tart drink is a refreshing way to enjoy fresh figs.
2 fresh figs
1/2 ounceSt-Germain elderflower liqueur
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 medium lemon)
1/2 ounceagave nectar
1 fresh mint leaf
Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
Cut the figs lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices and reserve 1 center slice for garnish. Coarsely chop the remaining slices and place in a cocktail shaker.
Add the elderflower liqueur and muddle. Add the vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Fill the shaker halfway with ice and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker turns frosty. Strain into the chilled glass.
Place the mint leaf in the palm of one hand and smack it with the other hand to release the oils. Rub the mint leaf on the rim of the glass and then add it to the glass. Garnish with the reserved fig slice.