Devon Baldwin

Devon Baldwin is a Bay Area native singer and songwriter, who also happens to love drinking whiskey, eating avocados in all their many forms, and documenting all of the above on her food and lifestyle blog.

Fig & Bourbon Cocktails

Stephanie and I totally made this up as we went along but they turned out pretty damn good—including the improvised homemade simple syrup that we made after realizing we didn’t have enough honey for two cocktails. 

Ingredients

  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • 3 Figs
  • Fresh basil (3 leaves)
  • Honey water (I know—wtf...I’ll explain.)
  • Lemon juice

Upon realizing that I had used all of my honey for an exorbitant amount of Hot Toddies, we poured about 2 tablespoons of hot water into the jar hoping the remaining honey would sweeten the water just enough to make a simple syrup—and it worked! We then cut the figs into quarters and muddled them with fresh basil and lemon juice in a mortar and pestle. Once we’d created a sort of barf-like viscous liquid (yum?), we added 1 tablespoon of the honey water and 3 shots of bourbon, and muddled for another minute or so. At this point we were skeptical—it looked pretty gross tbh, but we poured it through a sieve and into two tumblers anyway, we had to stir it within the sieve to get the liquid through because it was so thick! We added a few ice cubes, and a quarter slice of fig and basil leaf for decoration and daringly took our first sips…so fucking good. It was kind of like drinking a whiskey flower (if that existed lol)—the basil and lemon cut the sweetness of the fig and honey water perfectly to augment the whiskey without overpowering it. These were unlike anything we'd had in a restaurant let alone made ourselves. Success.

Soundtrack: Frank Ocean - Blond

Outfit Details: Helmut Lang coat, LAmade tank, COS jeans, VLTA necklace