Sometimes, drinking cocktails during the week can make a person sleepy before they are ready. And so instead, they drink fake cocktails – also known as mocktails. I am one of those people. An after work libation leaves me feeling even more tired than I started out at 5:00 a.m. And so to make myself feel like one of the gang, I just indulge in something similar that is sloshed into a fancy glass. It makes me feel adult.
This “cocktail” was inspired by Christine over at Dessert for Two. As I mentioned to her earlier this week, she’s basically the queen of jam cocktails. I thought, at first, that it’d be kind of weird. Jam is thick and really, a thick cocktail did not sound appealing. But I gave it a whirl and am never going back. I love the combination here of fig jam with vanilla sparkling water. It gives a serious sweetness for someone like me but a little lemon juice cuts through so it isn’t overly cloying. A quick run through a strainer gets out any of that thickness, leaving you with just a smooth sip.
Of course, you could turn this into a real cocktail. Add in some whiskey or vodka. Maybe rum. I, however, will immediately fall asleep. Can’t have that, now can we?
- 2 heaping tablespoons fig jam
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- juice of half a lemon
- 4 ounces vanilla seltzer water
- Combine jam, sugar and lemon juice in a small dish and stir well to combine.
- Pass through a fine mesh strainer to discard the pulp.
- Pour in seltzer and stir to combine.
- Divide between two cocktail glasses.