On a midweek night, Ronald Flores is running around Art and Soul Restaurant’s packed Art Bar serving up artisan drinks for a thirsty post-work crowd. As Art Bar’s mixologist, Flores has been a fan favorite and critic’s choice winner at Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI event for two years in a row. It’s no surprise. Flores has a knack for crafting unique and artistic cocktails, with tinctures and syrups only his imaginative mixology mind could concoct.
Figs are known to be sexy fruits and often thought to have psychoactive properties. The ancient Greeks associated figs with love and fertility. Of course, everyone knows these aphrodisiac elements can make cocktail mixing extra fun.
Flores’ fig and whiskey cocktail is sure to satisfy two very different palates. Not too sweet and not too bitter, the finish is smooth and warming. Allspice Dram complements smooth white whiskey, and a dash of lemon and ginger marries it all together.
“The Mistress” for Two
4 oz. shot fig tincture (recipe follows)
Fresh ginger pieces
Smooth Ambler White Whiskey (or your favorite)
1 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (made in the West Indies)
1.5 oz. fresh squeezed lemon
2 dried figs, cut in half
Mix in shaker with ice. Add simple syrup for a sweeter drink. Pour over ice in a six ounce Ball jar. Garnish each with rosemary sprig and a dried fig halves.
Fill a 12 oz. Ball jar with figs (cut in half) and ginger pieces. Cover in
West Virginia-made Smooth Ambler. Let sit for at least 36 hours prior to serving cocktail.