Fig & Olive in Newport Beach is putting a twist on the iconic Mint Julep. Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, Fig and Olive is offering “The Fig and Walnut Julep” made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and water, FIG & OLIVE’s. Enjoy the recipe below.
FIG & WALNUT JULEP
2 oz. Four Roses Bourbon
.75 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liquor
.5 oz Lime Juice
.25 oz Taylor Tawney Port
.25 oz Simple Syrup
2 Black Figs (muddled)
3 mint leaves
2 Slices of Fig 1/4 inch thick
1 Mint Sprig
Cut mint sprig to about 4 to 5 inches long (long enough so it will be able to peak over the edge of the rocks glass). You will have to strip the mint off each sprig until you have just 3 to 4 smaller leaves at the top of the mint for garnish. The rest of the leaves (3) will be used in the cocktail.
For the simple syrup, you will need to heat 1 cup of water and bring slightly to boil. Add ½ cup sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool.
Using a mixing glass (Boston) or a 2 piece shaker, combine Black Mission Figs, Taylor Fine Tawney Port, Simple Syrup, and Fresh Lime Juice and muddle into a nice paste. Add 3 Fresh Mint Leaves, Bourbon, and St. Germain Elderflower Liquor. Add Ice and shake vigorously for about 8 – 10 seconds so the ingredients can infuse. Strain contents over ice in an Old Fashion Glass or Rocks Glass. Cut a Fig in half and make two nice slices about 1/4 inch thick from it and garnish cocktail. Grate some Walnut over drink and add a Mint Sprig.