Deep amber in color and doubly potent, this drink isn't for the faint of heart.
Mission Fig Cocktail
5 or 6large black mission figs, halved
1 pint vodka
4 ouncestawny port or sherry
splash of dry sparkling wine
fig sprig to garnish (optional)
Prep time: 10 minutes, plus one week to infuse vodka
Fill about 1/3 of a pint-sized mason jar with figs. Top with vodka. Shake well and store in a cool dark place for about 1 week. Shake periodically. At the end of one week, the vodka should be deep amber in color. Strain contents into a sealable container. Reserve extra for future use.
Pour 1.5 oz. of the fig- infused vodka into a cocktail glass. Top with tawny port and finish with dry sparkling wine. Fresh figs to garnish. If the drink is too potent, add ice.