This recipe originally appeared on my other site Simply Whisked.
Why we love this whiskey cocktail
- We’ve been making jam cocktails for years now. I originally created them for a sponsored post for my other blog Simply Whisked, but this fig version has slowly become our favorite, and I’ve added amaro to the mix to balance the sweetness of the fig preserves.
- They’re festive, and if you want, you can customize each drink for your guests. You could even substitute preserves in place simple syrup in most recipes. It’s a great replacement because it adds depth of flavor and sweetness at the same time.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Whiskey – I normally use rye whiskey for this cocktail, but you could use your favorite bourbon or another type of whiskey.
- Fig preserves – you can swap these out for a different flavor if you want, but I think figs are really fun in the fall and winter because of their caramel notes they work really well with whiskey.
- Amaro – Any bitter liqueur will work, but I usually like amaro Mmontenegro or nonino.
- Cointreau – Any orange liqueur will work, but I’d avoid triple sec because it’s super sweet, and the fig jam will already add enough sweetness.
- Lemon juice – You can definitely switch this for lime juice. Use whatever you have on hand, but fresh is always better than bottled.
How to make a fig jam whiskey cocktail
Shake the cocktail. Add your ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold.
Garnish and serve. Strain into old fashioned glasses filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh fig (if you have one) and/or a sprig of rosemary.
Switch things up
If you want to play around with flavors, here’s my basic formula for a jam cocktail. Keep in mind that each variation will need to be tweaked to balance the flavors, but if you follow this formula, you’ll have a pretty good start to your own unique cocktail.
- 2 ounces liquor
- 3/4 ounce liqueur (or combination of liqueurs)
- 1 ounce citrus juice
- 1 – 2 tablespoons preserves
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- 2 ounces whiskey
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 1/4 ounce amaro nonino
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fig preserves
- For garnish: fresh figs, rosemary
- In a cocktail shaker, vigorously shake ingredients with ice until very cold.
- Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a slice of fresh fig and sprig of rosemary.
- Category: Whiskey
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 277
- Sugar: 18.8 g
- Sodium: 9.4 mg
- Fat: 0.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 24.3 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 0.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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