Let me introduce you to the smoothest, most crisp cocktail you can get yours hands on this season. With muddled figs and light ginger beer, it is all the flavor you want, without ordering a flavored latte at happy hour. Introducing the Muddled Fig Moscow Mule.
My daddy always had a box of those fig filled cookies when we would take our annual vacation to the beach. The car would be loaded down with us kids, as our grandparents drove us to the beach. I can remember reaching into the cooler and sneaking those little cookies on our long summer days. If we did go out for supper, it was a family meal at Grotto’s. Otherwise, we packed it, and we never knew any different. Last year while camping with friends in Utah, I bit into my first fresh fig. It was soft and mushy on the inside, a texture that has always bothered me. There were always sandwiches, cookies, and occasionally Twizzlers as my cousins and I would dart back and forth from the ocean waves. Now, whenever I see fig filled cookies, I think of my father.
It wasn’t until last year, camping in Zion National Park with some friends that I bit into my first fresh fig. It was soft and squishy, a texture that I have never enjoyed, but the flavor was perfect. It tasted just like those cookies, just sweet enough without being too sugary. I was instantly hooked. I even went out and purchased my own fig tree, only to have it wither and die in moments in the full sun of my humid Delaware summer. Lucky for me, I was able to talk a local produce department into stocking a healthy supply of the delicate little fruits, and I have made sure to reap the bounty.
For this seasonal spin on a happy hour classic, I paired a fig vodka, fresh muddled figs, and a light crisp beer for a smooth after work libation. The Muddled Fig Moscow Mule is one I am going to keep in my back pocket for future cocktail parties as I know it will be a hit.