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Fig Infused Vodka for a Fruity Vodka Drink

Infused Vodka is so easy to make and a brilliant addition to any fruity vodka drink!

Infusing a variety of figs in liquor

There’s something about to be said about being able to preserve seasonal produce or better yet, infuse a bottle of vodka or even gin with beautiful seasonal produce to create a beautifully infused vodka that is ideal for mixed drinks.

What are the benefits of eating figs?

There are many reasons to include fresh or dried figs in your diet from adding them to your meals and fermenting or infusing them in liquor.

Figs are impressive little things, they are probiotic, full of iron, calcium, and potassium, and more, considered a superfood, and if I might add, make a super tasty infused drink!

Vodka infused figs

Albeit we naturally think of figs as a straight-up fruit, they are not, nor or they the edible flower of the fig tree, but rather what is considered a false fruit or syconium. Dictionary.com defines that botanical word as:

A multiple fruit developed from a hollow fleshy receptacle containing numerous flowers, as in the fig.

To learn more about figs, I found this article about the health benefits of figs interesting from BBC Good Food.

For this fig infused vodka recipe, it only takes 3 ingredients of which none of those ingredients is a sweetener. Figs are naturally sweet enough that there is no need to add sugar, making this vodka even more of a winner, unlike other infusions that need sugar added to help balance out flavors.

Fresh figs

Can I substitute dried figs for fresh figs?

If you are unable to find fresh figs, you can substitute 1/2 pound of dried figs sliced in half in this recipe as well. The color will not be as pink but more of a muddled pinky brown, yet it will taste just as lovely.

Sliced fruit in liquor

Other recipes using fresh or dried figs:

  • Fig Jam, a stunning homemade jam that’s perfect for giving as a gift from your kitchen.
  • Lemon and Fig Rum Cocktail, made with dried figs and a wonderful drink recipe to celebrate autumn.
  • Date and Fig Bars, a great snack to pack in your lunch or take on a road trip, plus they are a kid-friendly food.
  • Fig Bar Crumble, these are my tribute to my favorite snack as a kid, yup, the Fig Newton. They are truly yummy and make a great kid-friendly snack.
  • Grilled Fig Salad with a honey balsamic vinaigrette that’s a wonderful start to any meal, or enjoyed happily on its own as a light dinner or lunch.
Bottled Vodka infused with figs

How to make fig infused vodka

Fig Infused Vodka Recipe

Fig Infused Vodka Recipe

Yield: 1 liter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days 10 minutes

An easy to make recipe for Fig infused Vodka. Great for adding to your fruity vodka drinks or to sip on its own.

Ingredients

  • 1-liter of good quality vodka
  • 2 pounds of fresh, quartered
  • 2 vanilla beans

Instructions

  1. In a large capacity jar with a tight-fitting lid, place the quartered figs, add the whole vanilla beans, and top with vodka. Seal, place a dark place like a cabinet or in the refrigerator and allow to infuse for at least 3 days and up to a week.
  2. Strain infused vodka and transfer to a 1-liter bottle, seal and keep in refrigerator.
  3. Serve chilled or in your favorite fruity vodka drink.

Notes

I used a mix of fresh figs, but any variety of fig works well, especially black mission figs, as they are a sweeter variety.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 22 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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12 Comments

    1. Yes, I personally have not tried it with extract, but maybe try adding a teaspoon at a time until it suits your palate.

  1. Figenza might be too expensive to order from USA. I only have @ 10 figs on my tree …must get some dried figs to make my own vodka figgy booze. I look forward to doing so…

    1. Hi Kathy! Of course, you can, they would be amazing served with a nice ice cream, dessert, or on their own with a dollop of whipped cream. I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to make a sauce or jelly too, that would be gorgeous with a good bit of “punchy” flavor! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Elaine!

      I used my vodka within 3 months. I would say no longer than 3 – 4 months for the best flavor. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Linda! Yes, you can use dried figs in place of the fresh figs, but the flavor will be a bit different. Dried figs have a more intense flavor, whereas fresh are more flowery and light. If you want to give it a go, just trim the hardened stem and use about half the amount of dried in place of the amount of fresh figs. Fresh figs in my area are in season usually in August, so depending on where you are, it’s definitely worth making a batch during fresh fig season as well. Let me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. We have a massive 100 year old fig tree in the yard of our โ€œnewโ€ home, and this is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for sharing this simple recipe, I just finished my first batch! (Any recipes for figgy moonshine??๐Ÿ˜‚)

    1. Oh my goodness, I’m so slightly jealous of your fig tree!!! I’m glad to be of help with that homebrew, as for the moonshine if I ever do, I’ll definitely be posting, ha!!!

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