ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE

The Louisville Fig

Makes 1 serving. Recipe is by Forrest Williams, former bartender at The Brown Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky.

1½ ounces Jim Beam Bourbon

¾ ounce Cointreau

¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

¼ ounce agave nectar

1 bar spoon fig jam (see recipe)

2 dashes orange bitters

1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker without any ice and shake for 30 seconds to incorporate the jam into the drink.

2. Add ice and shake for an additional 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled, sugar-rimmed glass. Best if consumed immediately.

Louisville Fig Jam

Recipe is by Ryan O’Driscoll, former chef de cuisine of The English Grill, The Brown Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky.

1 quart fresh figs

¼ cup port

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup red wine

Zest of ¼ orange, or about ¾ teaspoon

½ cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 300 F.

2. Mix all ingredients, place in a baking pan, cover and bake for 2 hours.

3. Refrigerate. Serve with flat bread.