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A sublime cocktail for a weekend soirée


This delicious cocktail is all about balance. The simplicity of a whiskey sour is what makes perfecting the iconic tipple so nuanced. Over in Frankfurt, Villa Kennedy’s expert mixologists at JFK Bar have perfected this cult classic and given it a sophisticated edge by adding a delicate hint of fig. The result is superb.


The blend of bourbon and rye whiskey creates a complementary base of bitters, adding new flavour profiles and character, making this drink feel all the more special and sophisticated. Next, use just enough lemon to make a counterpart to the whiskey, and just enough syrup to take the edge off the lemon. To finish, add the egg white to create a light, frothy foam on top of the drink. This also creates a soft, smooth texture when you’re ready to take your first sip. Once you’ve tried a Fig Leaves Sour, you’ll make it your go-to cocktail for every occasion.



45 ml Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon

15 ml Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey

30 ml fresh lemon juice

20 ml Giffard fig syrup

2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Chocolate / Xocolatl Mole Bitters

2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

Egg white

Dry fig (for serving)



Chill a rocks glass with ice and water, set aside

Combine bourbon, rye whiskey, lemon juice, and fig syrup in a cocktail shaker

Add ice, shake, then double strain back into the shaker glass

Discard the ice

Add egg white to the shaker tin along with bitters (reverse dry shaking)

Shake cocktail and egg white together vigorously for 15 seconds

Strain cocktail into rocks glass

Garnish with dry figs 


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