Figgy Pudding

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Cocktail History

The Figgy Pudding is a Christmas cocktail that was created by food writer and author Jessica Strand and was first published in her book Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season. Its inspiration comes from the British dessert of the same name that originated in the 14th century and is popular around the holidays. Similar to the sweet treat, the drink pairs herbal gin with fig jam, simple syrup, and ginger ale to make a savory and refreshing beverage.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

London Dry Gin: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of spirit made with juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol that are infused through re-distillation and may not be artificial. We used Eau Claire Distillery Parlor Gin because it has a classic juniper-forward taste with notes of exotic spices and florals. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Fig Jam: This is a spread made with figs, sugar, and citrus juice. We used Bonne Maman Fig Preserves.

Ginger Ale: This is a carbonated soft drink flavored with ginger. We used Canada Dry Ginger Ale.

Candied Ginger: This is the garnish. It adds fragrant ginger aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Figgy Pudding starts with soft, sweet aromas of ginger and fig, has a slightly tangy yet sugary taste that mixes a heavy dose of earthy fig with ginger spice, and finishes with a gentle ginger taste left on the palate.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While we were in complete agreement that the drink is sweet and delicious, it didn’t quite fulfill our complexity and intriguing flavor wishlists. For that reason, we think its just the thing for Christmas gatherings with the side of the family who prefers not to taste the alcohol in their drinks.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Though not bad at all, this drink offered little complexity, which is something I typically look for in what I would consider to be a great drink. The taste of the fig jam along with gin and ginger ale is tasty, and it will definitely satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. Plus, it probably does a good job of imitating the Victorian-era dessert, as the book claims. But for those of us looking for something a little more contemplative, spicy, or sour, it doesn’t really offer too much that we haven’t seen before.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Hello, fig flavor! This is another ingredient to which I’m not all that privy because I didn’t start using them in meals and cocktails until the last couple of years. I typically prefer the texture of syrup over jam, but the fig spread works very well in this recipe. I honestly don’t think the syrup would’ve lent quite enough flavor to this considering how simple the drink is. I don’t know that I’d make it again because I like a few other fig cocktails more than this one, but it was definitely tasty and very unique.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season by Jessica Strand.

Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
Hardcover Book; Strand, Jessica (Author); English (Publication Language); 128 Pages – 09/22/2020 (Publication Date) – Chronicle Books (Publisher)
$19.95

AuthorVery Merry Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 ½ oz London Dry Gin
 1 tbsp Fig Jam
 Ginger Ale
 Candied Ginger

Method
1

Add gin, simple syrup, fig jam, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass over fresh crushed ice.

4

Top with ginger ale.

5

Garnish with candied ginger.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 ½ oz London Dry Gin
 1 tbsp Fig Jam
 Ginger Ale
 Candied Ginger

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, simple syrup, fig jam, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass over fresh crushed ice.

4

Top with ginger ale.

5

Garnish with candied ginger.

Figgy Pudding

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

Riedel Drink Specific Glassare Highball Glass
Riedel Drink Specific Glassare Highball Glass
All RIEDEL glasses are dishwasher safe; Capacity is 10.94 ounces; glass size is 2.56Lx2.56Wx6.06H (Inches)
$40.00
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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Candy Cane Martini Cocktail Recipe

Candy Cane Martini: A vodka cocktail made with white crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, simple syrup, and crushed candy cane

Grand Galliano Cocktail Recipe

Grand Galliano: A low-proof cocktail made with Liquore Galliano L’Autentico, Grand Marnier, heavy cream, an orange twist, and grated nutmeg

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cocktail Recipe

Chocolate-Covered Cherry: A brandy cocktail made with dark crème de cacao, cherry liqueur, and a cherry

Kohler Mint Cocoa Cocktail Recipe

Kohler Mint Cocoa: A chocolate mint brandy cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

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