Esprit de Figues, described as “the world’s first true fresh fig liqueur”, has been launched in the UK through premium spirits specialist Mangrove.
It is produced in the hills of Burgundy using traditional techniques at a 150-year-old family distillery, using Violette de Bordeaux figs grown in Morocco.
The fruits are gently infused in high-quality French beet spirit for three months to release their delicate flavour. It is put into 50ml bottles at 18% ABV.
The rich dark purple of the liquid, which softens to pale mauve when poured, is derived from the skins of the figs.
The liqueur has been created by 41-year-old award-winning Australian drinks entrepreneur Patrick Borg, owner of Think Spirits.
He was inspired by the fig tree planted by his mother at their home in Australia using a small clipping from a tree in Malta where Patrick’s family lived in the 1960s before emigrating.
He set out to produce a liqueur that captures the refreshing, succulent sweetness of fresh, hand-picked Mediterranean figs in a bottle.
Patrick said: “After seven long years of research, developing and finally delivering this beautiful fresh fig liqueur we are thrilled to announce Esprit de Figues is now available through Mangrove in the UK.”
Nick Gillett, managing director of Mangrove, added: “Esprit de Figues amplifies Mangrove’s liqueur offering with its craftmanship, unyielding quality and luxury. The sumptuous packaging is inviting, accompanied by the liquid’s purity of fresh fig flavour and colour, enhancing cocktail occasions.“
The signature serve is the Esprit de Fizz, made with champagne or prosecco and a splash of Esprit de Figues. It can be drunk over ice and in simple mixed drinks such as Esprit and soda or used in cocktails including twists on classics such as a Fig Sangria, a Fig Pisco Sour and a Fig Sidecar – often giving them a distinctive mauve hue.
According to its tasting notes, it presents bright, sweet fresh figs on the nose, giving way to berry jam, honey and vanilla. To taste, fresh fig and raspberry jam lead the way with a hint of peach and honey.
It comes in a weighty bottle adorned with the Esprit de Figues crest – a modern expression of French Art Nouveau – with gold label embossing representing luxury and exclusivity and a fig as the heart of the design. The brand and packaging were created by design consultancy Stranger & Stranger, based in New York.
Esprit de Figues is the first brand created solely by Think Spirits which distributes more than 30 brands – including Malfy gin, Casamigos tequila and Jura whisky – in Australia.
45ml Esprit de Figues
10ml Vanilla vodka
15ml Lemon juice
3 dashes Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig.
Fig Pisco Sour
50ml Esprit de Figues
10ml Lemon juice
Splash of egg white
1 dash Fee Bros Aromatic Bitters
Shake all ingredients except the bitters vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the bitters on top.