I recently pulled up a stool at Carruthers’ immense marble bar in hopes of finding a glass chock-full of holiday cheer. (They did, after all, host a holiday bazaar earlier this week.)
Figs have long been associated with a number of different holidays. They are sunk into puddings and cakes for Christmas, often present on the table for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and are traditionally stuffed and given as gifts during the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, which celebrates the end of fasting at the close of Ramadan.
With Carruthers’ Go Figure, available off their signature cocktail list, you can now get your fig fix alongside your Christmas whiskey, too.
Like the cocktail’s punny name implies (Go Fig-ure, get it?), the fig runs to the front of your palette with the sugar emphasizing the fruit’s natural sweetness. The sherry adds depth to the whiskey, and the notes provided by the orange and bitters would not be out of place in a holiday dessert.
All in all, a good example that a cocktail need not be served hot to provide warmth and comfort on a chilly December night.
—Recipe courtesy of David Licitra, bar manager, Carruthers, Astoria, Oregon; pour provided by Ingrid Dugan, bartender