Fall Cocktails, Fig Syrup and La Boite Spices

Happy First Day of Autumn!

While today is the autumnal equinox and marks the official shift in the seasons, fall has been on my mind since Labor Day weekend. Every year, after that last ‘summer’ weekend, it’s like clockwork here in New York – the light starts to change, the air gets slightly cooler and crisper and, inevitably, my mind starts to turn towards richer flavors, spiced things and…whiskey! This is one of my favorite times of year in the northeast and one of the best times for cocktails.

I was given the opportunity to play with some newly acquired spirits at T. Edward Wines’ cocktail lab recently and I couldn’t wait to do some recipe testing for fall cocktails. But one thing I knew I needed to do before going in, was visit the Flatbush Fig Farm in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn to pick some fresh, dark figs for a spiced syrup I had planned…

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Beautiful Dark Figs from Flatbush Fig Farm

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Look at these beauties.

Figs generally have two seasons – one at the beginning of summer and then a larger crop towards the end of summer and into fall. I had actually been waiting for these to get ripe for a few weeks prior and was thrilled when I finally got the call from Nelson at Flatbush Fig Farm that these were good to go!

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A key ingredient that I wanted to test out in this syrup was a spice mix that my friend Joy had recently given me from the famed spice shop La Boite e Epice here in New York. This was actually a mix that I had been reading about and had wanted to get when, coincidentally I was gifted it. I love my foxy friends!

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MISHMISH N.33 – Honey, lemon and saffron blend

Although this mix is recommended for pork, fruit dishes and desserts, I thought it would work with the fig syrup in combination with a rye whiskey drink…and it did!

Photo by Mylene Pionilla-Rosedark horse cocktail

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2 oz Dark Horse Rye Whiskey
1 oz Fig MISHMISH Syrup
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Italian Amaro
Sparkling Apple Cider

Shake all ingredients except cider over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with sparkling apple cider.

If this doesn’t get you in the mood for windswept days, crunching leaves, and overdosing on pumpkin pie, then I don’t know what will!

Now, what should we call this fig-y, spicy, apple cider-y whiskey concoction?! The winning name will receive their very own bottle of Bit By a Fox Fig Spice Syrup! Leave your suggestion here or on the Facebook Page.

I'd love to hear what YOU think! Scratch a few thoughts down there, why dontcha?