Inspired by the flavors and feelings of Autumn, “Fig and Shadow” is a play on the classic Old Fashioned with coffee and steeped fig. Mr Black contributes caramel, maple, and deep chocolate flavors while the fig brings subtle notes of jammy fruit and earth. Aromatic bitters mixed into the cocktail impart the essence of baking spices in scent and taste. The bourbon adds vanilla and toasted sugar. The foam increases the body and improves the mouthfeel of the drink.
Add Bourbon, Mr. Black, and Fig Syrup along with the Aromatic bitters to a shaker.
Dry shake for 30s
Add ice and shake until shaker is icy
Double strain through a fine mesh sieve into a glass
Add 3 drops of bitters and swipe a toothpick through each (forming a teardrop shape)
Cut the fresh figs in half.
Bake the half of the fresh figs at 260F(127C) until they release juices and have become slightly wrinkled (about 30-40 mins).
At the same time bring the water and sugar to a boil and then remove from heat.
Steep the baked figs, fresh figs, and dried figs in the hot syrup for 3-4 hours and then blend.
Use a series of kitchen sieves from medium to fine to filter the syrup. If you want a clear syrup with no pulp, finish with a jelly bag.
Bottle and put in the fridge.