The Figgy Piggy Recipe

The Figgy Piggy Recipe
Staff Writer
The essential cold summer soup from Spain, gazpacho is made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and country bread soaked in olive oil.

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

 Gazpacho is a Spanish classic, best made when juicy tomatoes are in season.

Bacon has found its way into everything from candy bars to lip balm. Now, it’s in my cocktail glass, and I couldn’t be happier. Getting bacon into your booze takes a little time, but is totally worth the effort. Bourbon is my spirit of choice for infusing bacon, and requires a simple technique called “fat washing.” Make a brilliant Old Fashioned or Manhattan with your bacon bourbon, or try my recipe for The Figgy Piggy.

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Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 ounces bacon washed bourbon (recipe below)
  • ¾ ounce fig puree (recipe below)
  • ½ ounce Vya sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters
  • ½ strip of cooked bacon and quartered fig for garnish


For the bacon washed bourbon: cook four slices of thick-cut bacon. Strain and reserve the bacon fat, and let cool. In a nonporous, sealable container, combine 1 750ml bottle of bourbon with reserved bacon fat. Let sit at room temperature for 4-6 hours, and then put in the freezer until the fats have solidified. Skim off the fat and fine strain before re-bottling.

For the fig puree: In a blender, combine 1 pint of mission figs (stemmed and halved) with 2 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Purée until smooth.

For the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, combine the bacon washed bourbon, fig purée, Vya sweet vermouth, and bitters, and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a mason jar or rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with bacon and fig.

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Fig Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Fig Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.