Fig and Thistle Recipe

Fig and Thistle Recipe

[Photo: Lizz Schumer]

Leo Robitschek of NoMad and Eleven Madison Park in New York crafted this cocktail as a fruitcake taste-alike. It's full of zesty, spicy, citrusy notes.

About the Author: Lizz Schumer is the author of Buffalo Steel and the editor of The Springville Journal, located near Buffalo, N.Y. She can be found at or followed @eschumer.

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  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 ounces Excellia Blanco Tequila
  • 1 ounce Cardamaro
  • 1/2 ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon fig preserves, such as Bonne Maman


  1. 1.

    Add tequila, Cardamaro, lemon juice, and fig preserves to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.