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This Little Figgy Went to Kashmir

This Little Figgy Went to Kashmir 12.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Apr 28, 2017

In this pitcher drink, sweet fig preserves mix with the spice of chai tea and citrus for a bright, lightly spicy punch. (Fresh summer figs are one of the joys of the season, but as a less-liquidy fruit, they can be tricky to incorporate into drinks.)

You’ll need a cocktail shaker and the spring from a Hawthorne strainer.

Where to Buy: We found pimento bitters at Ace Beverage and Batch 13, both in the District.


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Tested size: 12 servings

  • 1 1/4 cups fig preserves, such as Bonne Maman brand
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (from 5 or 6 lemons)
  • 3 1/2 cups bourbon or dark rum
  • 2 1/4 cups chilled chai tea
  • 1/2 ounce pimento bitters (see headnote)
  • Large ice cubes
  • Slices of fresh fig (in season) and/or lemon wheels, for garnish


Combine the fig preserves and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker; add the spring from a Hawthorne strainer. Seal and shake vigorously for 1 minute to break up the pectin and other solids in the preserves.

Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher. Add the bourbon or rum, tea and bitters, stirring to combine.

Add the ice and fruit garnishes.

Keep a long-handled spoon at hand to stir if you're serving this over a length of time. Pour into punch cups.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 250

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 22g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 21g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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