The Fig Leaf
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About this Cocktail

Fan of sweet vermouth? The Fig Leaf cocktail is the drink that ought to be in your regular rotation. Unlike the majority of cocktail recipes, in which the spirit is the most plentiful ingredient, the build of the Fig Leaf is heavy on the aperitif rather than the booze (in this case, light rum). This drink falls into the category often called “reverse cocktails.”

The drink’s origins aren’t well known, but research notes recipes for the Fig Leaf in Trader Vic’s 1947 Bartender’s Guide. It’s possible Trader Vic (aka Victor Bergeron) adapted his recipe from a similar drink he came across in Hugo Ensslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks (1916 – 1917). (Notes from Roger Kamhog article, 2014)

  • 1 1/2 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth
  • 1 oz Bacardi Light Rum
  • 1/2 Freshly Squeezed Lime
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Lime twist/peel garnish

Combine all but the garnish into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until well chilled.

Double strain into a small chilled coupe.

Garnish with a lime twist or peel.


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