Spiced Fig Old Fashion

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Courtesy of Mason Brangwin, The Old Sage, Seattle, WA
Makes 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces (60 ml) whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml) Spiced Fig Syrup (see below)
  • 3 dashes angostura bitters
  • 3 dashes Reagan’s Orange Bitters
  • Ice cubes as needed
  • Orange peel for decoration


  1. In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients, finishing with adding the ice.
  2. Stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into glass.
  4. Add fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with orange peel.
  6. Serve.

Spiced Fig Syrup


  • 2 cups (350 g) roughly chopped dried figs
  • 2 cups (480 ml) water
  • 2 cups (400 g) Demerara sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 pods star anise
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme water oven to 144F/ 62C.
  2.  Combine all ingredients in a zip-closure cooking pouchand use the displacement method (Archimedes Principle) to remove the air and zip the seal. (Or seal in a chamber vacuum if you have one.)
  3. Submerge in the water oven and cook at least 3 hours, until sugar dissolves (the longer the better.)
  4. Strain into a clean stoppered bottle and chill. Use the syrup in the Spiced Fig Old Fashioned cocktail, mix it into hot tea for a holiday touch, or even pour over ice cream for a festive treat!

No water oven? No problem. We got that!


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