Hot Buttered Fig + Rosemary Bourbon Cider recipe by Beth Kirby | west elm

We can all use a little warming-up right now, so it’s the perfect time for this delicious Hot Buttered Rosemary + Fig Bourbon Cider from Beth Kirby of the always-inspiring Local Milk blog.

Not only does this warmy wintery cocktail taste great, but sipping a mugful might be even be more effective than hunkering-down in a big fuzzy sweater. If you prefer it virgin, Beth’s provided an infused cider alternative, too! Read on for the recipes…

Hot Buttered Fig + Rosemary Bourbon Cider recipe by Beth Kirby | west elm

The fruity, herbaceous rosemary fig bourbon along with some spiced butter and warm cider make this an especially comforting cocktail, especially during this polar vortex we find ourselves in this winter!

Hot Buttered Fig + Rosemary Bourbon Cider recipe by Beth Kirby | west elm

Rosemary Fig Nutmeg Infused Bourbon

    1 500mL bottle of good bourbon
    1/2 cup dried figs, quartered
    6 sprigs rosemary, lightly crushed with a rolling pin (to release oils)
    3 whole nutmeg, crushed

1. In an airtight container like the decanter combine all of the ingredients. Store for two weeks in a dark place at room temperature, shaking a couple of times daily.

2. After one week, begin tasting until the flavors get strong enough for your liking.

3. After two weeks, strain out the solids and place back in the bottle with a few extra sprigs of rosemary.

Spiced Honey + Rosemary Bourbon Recipe by Beth Kirby | west elm

Spiced Honey Butter

    4 T unsalted butter, softened
    pinch cloves
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
    1/4 tsp ground ginger
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 pinch salt

1. In a small bowl mix together all of  the ingredients, form into a log in plastic wrap and chill until solid. 

Infused Bourbon Cider recipe by Beth Kirby | west elm

Hot Buttered Cider Cocktail

    2 cups hot apple cider
    4 sprigs rosemary
    Infused Bourbon
    Spiced Honey Butter
    Cinnamon sticks (optional)

1. Place one tablespoon of the infused butter into the bottom of a mug and top with a shot of bourbon.

2. Pour 1/2 cup of piping hot cider over and garnish with rosemary sprigs and cinnamon sticks. Fire, sweaters, and blankets optional though recommended!

Virgin Alternative: Make butter as above. In a medium saucepan combine 4 cups of apple cider with 1/2 cup halved dried figs, 1/2 cup chopped rosemary, 1 crushed nutmeg, and a crushed cinnamon stick. Bring just to a boil, remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain cider back into a pot and rewarm. Ladle a cup of it over a tablespoon of the spiced butter in a mug and enjoy hot buttered rosemary fig cider!

Hot Buttered Fig + Rosemary Bourbon Cider recipe by Beth Kirby | west elm

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Beth Kirby is the Tennessee-based stylist, photographer, and blogger behind Local Milk, where she showcases her vast love for real food, and for elevating the everyday into something beautiful. Follow Beth on Instagram + Pinterest + Twitter.

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I was so excited to read such a wonderful invention or creation such as the fig bourbon I have a beautiful big tree black fig and I’m now inspired to do something with them other than eat them although that is also delicious

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