Have you ever had a cocktail so good that you think about it years later? It's only happened to me once, and the Figa is it. The first time I had this cocktail I was with Jamie and her brother years ago at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. We were there for a work conference, but the drink was the main thing I retained. (Sorry boss!) It's right up my alley with flavors of fig mixed with Earl Grey tea. With the chilled tea and the bright touch of tangerine juice, it tastes like a really fancy and strongly spiked iced tea. I looked it up as soon as I got home, but disappointingly found that it included Fig Vodka. At that time, I thought it was way too hard for me to ever re-create at home, so I just daydreamed about it for years instead.
It wasn't until recently, after starting this blog, that I realized infusing vodka is actually really easy- and suddenly the drink wasn't so intimidating. I couldn't wait to recreate this drink. The best part about the recipe that I found, via Food and Wine, was that it makes a pitcher. It's a great party drink for the early fall when it's still warm out- when an iced drink still hits the spot, but with hints of fall flavors.
I left the recipe below exactly how the bartender wrote it, but I used a bit more tea and a little bit less vodka- just based on personal preference of taste and tipsy-ness. I finally got to drink the cocktail I've been dreaming about for years. You could say it was kind of a fig deal! (Okay, okay, I'm done!)
(all photos, jamie grill photography)