Infused Vodka is so easy to make and a brilliant addition to any fruity vodka drink!
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!
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.
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.
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.
How to make fig infused vodka
- 1-liter of good quality vodka
- 2 pounds of fresh, quartered
- 2 vanilla beans
- 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.
- Strain infused vodka and transfer to a 1-liter bottle, seal and keep in refrigerator.
- Serve chilled or in your favorite fruity vodka drink.
I used a mix of fresh figs, but any variety of fig works well, especially black mission figs, as they are a sweeter variety.
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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
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.