Fig and Sage Smash by Jamie Walsh
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Fig and Sage Smash
Adapted from a recipe by Jamie Walsh, Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale,Boston.
“A fun cocktail that doesn’t go with the trendy mint and basil thing. . . . People should look for using more variety of herbs, like dill, marjoram, lavender, oregano, rosemary, summer savory, and thyme. Tarragon is my favorite in gin or tequila. I will use fresh ginger with egg white, tarragon and tequila. . . . Poor tequila, it gets no love.” Jamie Walsh.
60 ml (2 oz) Knob Creek bourbon
15 ml (.5 oz) orange curaçao
22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juice
1 barspoon Bénédictine
Slice the fig and reserve 1 piece as garnish. Muddle the remaining fig and 2 sage leaves (reserve 1 leaf as garnish) in a mixing glass. Add the remaining ingredients and crushed ice. Shake and strain into a chilled double old-fashioned glass. Add the garnishes.
gaz sez: Here comes the sage thing again, and this boy loves his sage. It’s very interesting to see how prettily the fig plays with sage, too. I’d never have dreamed of putting those two together in a glass, but here they are, and the result is pretty astonishing.