Celebrity Chefs Recipes: Jen Biesty’s Autumn's Eve Cocktail

Photos: Vic Chin, Video: Vic Chin and Peter Ruocco

Naming cocktails is always fun and all of us at Shakewell love to see our customers giggle as we reference Adam, Eve and fig leaves on the menu. This is a fantastic drink for fall and for the holidays to warm your bones and share with friends as evenings shorten and the weather chills.

It’s especially wonderful when fresh figs are in season!

Autumn’s Eve Cocktail

Makes 2 cocktails

The Autumn's Eve Cocktail
The Autumn's Eve Cocktail (Vic Chin)

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces Four Roses bourbon
  • 1-2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce walnut liqueur such as Nux Alpina
  • ½ ounce maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fig puree (see recipe below) or fig jam
  • 2 ounces IPA beer
  • Ice, for shaking and serving
  • Sliced fresh fig, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Fill a bar shaker with ice. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, walnut liqueur, maple syrup and fig puree, and shake.
  2. Fill two double old-fashioned glasses with ice and strain the shaken cocktail over each.
  3. Pour a float of IPA and garnish with slices of fresh fig. Serve immediately.

Fig Puree

Makes about 1 cup (Can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use.)

This fig puree can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use.
This fig puree can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use. (Vic Chin)

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces fresh figs, chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the figs, water and sugar and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, or until the figs are very tender.
  3. Let cool briefly, then process in a blender to a fine puree.
Chef Jen Biesty with the Autumn's Eve Cocktail.
Chef Jen Biesty with the Autumn's Eve Cocktail. (Vic Chin)

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