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.



 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey(Maker's Mark)
 ¾ oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
 ¾ oz Fig Syrup
 4 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Egg White
Fig Syrup
 10 Fresh Figs
 4 Dried Figs
 1 cup Water
 1 cup Sugar



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)



Fig Syrup

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.

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  1. andrew.andrew.epifano0 7 October 2021 at 2:17 am

    I wasn’t sure where to post this in the recipe, but the basic method for the fig syrup was adapted from a SeriousEats recipe for fig syrup.

    Also feel free to try it with just a simmered fig syrup. You will not get as much figgy flavor but the end cocktail will be similar.

    Enjoy 🙂

  2. 8 October 2021 at 5:14 am

    This sounds good to me, I plan to try it

    • Andrew 8 October 2021 at 8:28 am

      Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy!

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