Vanilla Fig Mocktails

Vanilla Fig Mocktails

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.

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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?

Vanilla Fig Mocktails
Recipe type: drinks, dessert
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Serves: 2

  • 2 heaping tablespoons fig jam
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 4 ounces vanilla seltzer water

  1. Combine jam, sugar and lemon juice in a small dish and stir well to combine.
  2. Pass through a fine mesh strainer to discard the pulp.
  3. Pour in seltzer and stir to combine.
  4. Divide between two cocktail glasses.


2 thoughts on “Vanilla Fig Mocktails

  1. Oooo I love the sound of this! I’m the same way with happy hour during the week – I guess I’m just so tired from work that I hate drinking since it makes me feel worse! I save alcohol for the weekends : )

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