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Fig Leaves Sour by JFK Bar

Food & Drink

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)



  1. Chill a rocks glass with ice and water, set aside

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

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

  4. Discard the ice

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

  6. Shake cocktail and egg white together vigorously for 15 seconds

  7. Strain cocktail into rocks glass

  8. Garnish with dry figs 


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