“Cognac always reminds me a bit of malt and honey, and figs have a complementary, slightly nutty profile,” writes Maggie Hoffman in her new book, The One Bottle Cocktail. ” David Perez of Nancy in Miami puts them together in this smooth operator, which is shaken with mint leaves so each sip finishes bright and clean. If you don’t have julep cups, no sweat; rocks glasses work fine, too, as long as they are piled high with crushed ice. While bourbon is a little too sweet here, this drink is quite tasty with rye or Scotch instead of the brandy.”
Food & Drink
Cognac and fig preserves put a tasty twist on the classic Derby-season cocktail
photo: Kelly Puleio
2 ounces Cognac
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce honey syrup
1 teaspoon fig preserves
8 fresh mint leaves
Mint sprig, to garnish
Combine Cognac, lemon juice, honey syrup, fig preserves, and mint in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Fill a julep cup with crushed ice and double-strain cocktail into it. Garnish with mint sprig and a straw.
Mix two parts (say, 1 ounce) honey with one part (½ ounce) hot water and stir until dissolved.
Reprinted with permission from The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit by Maggie Hoffman, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
An Inventive Holiday Cocktail: The Bird in Hand
A Charleston mixologist pays homage to the Thanksgiving turducken
Apple Pie Cookies from Bent Willow Baking Co.
The Franklin, North Carolina, bakery shares a charming fall dessert
How New Orleans Does Thanksgiving Cocktails
Yam it up with a Sweet Potato Sno Buzz
Best Southern Soup Recipes
A roundup of classic and modern dishes to celebrate the season—from gumbo to bisque and everything in between
My Town: Emily Saliers’s Decatur, Georgia
The Indigo Girls star shares her favorite haunts in the Atlanta city within a city
A Scouting Report on Juice, Ole Miss’s Four-Legged Rookie
The fan-favorite Labrador retriever is hard at work on his own training regimen