Now Bring Us Some Fig Pie Cocktails, and Bring Some Out Here!
The Fig Pie will warm up your cool fall and winter evenings in a cheerful way.
Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Good tidings we bring for you and your kin We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (And a Happy Halloween.) Now bring us some figgy pudding Now bring us some figgy pudding Now bring us some figgy pudding and bring some out here.
Winter, sixteenth-century England. Revelers really liked fig pudding, so much so that they obnoxiously repeated their request in an attempt to annoy their neighbors (who, come to think of it, didn't invite these carolers in the first place) enough to bring them some. NOW.
Jesus. It's not like figgy pudding is something you can just whip up in a matter of minutes. Well, who knows? Maybe Britons in the 1500s were actually happy to comply with this demand for pudding.
In a similar situation (which is hard to imagine if you're living in a gated apartment complex), I would be profoundly tempted to tell those songsters to "f*ck off." It's hard, however, to be openly mean around holidays, and besides, maybe actually giving them something will encourage them to leave. (Weird logic, I know.) But Figgy Pudding? Not likely. How about this cocktail instead, which I am proffering in honor of one of my favorite holidays, Halloween:
Fig Pie Cocktail
- 2 oz Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum
- 3/4 oz orange juice
- 1/4 oz brown sugar syrup (making by boiling 1 part brown sugar and 1 part water)
- 1 TBS fig chutney
Fill shaker will ice. Combine all ingredients in the shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and skewered fig.
People singing at your door can be annoying, but drinking a Fig Pie cocktail will certainly put you in the proper mood to hear them out.
When I first learned about this cocktail, I was a bit suspicious about the fact that it's served cold. Autumnal and/or holiday beverages in my mind should be room temperature, or even heated. I worried the harsh chill of the ice would scare off the more subtle sweetness of the fig and brown sugar. Then I remembered I lived in south Texas, where even in the fall and winter it's sort of balmy, and I tried the cocktail.
The Fig Pie is actually the perfect adult drink for fall and winter in our parts because it boasts flavor notes common to seasonal food and drink (molasses, dark fruits, orange laced with spice) but at a temperature that's more appropriate for our somewhat tropical environment. And this cool composition paradoxically makes the Fig Pie a beverage that easily warms the spirit as well as ignites excitement for the season.
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