[intro-text size=”25px”]Figs, foliage, and other fresh flavors to beat the heat![/intro-text]

Beet the System

What It Is: Beetroot-infused gin, lemon juice, honey syrup, and foliage.
Why We Love It: It is striking in color and unbelievably refreshing. Roasted local beets are infused in gin (think Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, and Hendricks) for 24 hours, then fine-strained and refrigerated. A tasty simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon juice top off this farm-to-table treat, which is garnished with micro opal basil and pea shoots.

The Recipe:
2 oz. beetroot-infused gin
¾ oz. honey syrup*
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients together, strain over fresh ice. Garnish with your favorite herbs or edible flowers.
*To make simple syrup, boil equal parts water and honey

Where You Can Get It:
Spice Kitchen + Bar
5800 Detroit Ave, Cleveland
216-961-9637

Black Mission Fig Manhattan

What It Is: Buffalo Trace Bourbon infused with Black Mission figs, Carpano Antica Vermouth, black walnut bitters, and garnished with flamed orange peel.
Why We Love It: Flavors of fig and black walnut add sweetness and tang to this top-shelf cocktail.

The Recipe:
3 oz. Black Mission Fig Buffalo Trace Bourbon*
½ oz. Carpano Antica Vermouth
Dash black walnut bitters
Orange Peel**

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake vigorously, strain into a chilled glass, garnish with orange peel.
*Fig-Infused Bourbon: Place 1 cup figs in a glass jar, cover with bourbon, seal and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, strain. Use the liquid for the Manhattan and eat the figs for fun.
**Use a vegetable peeler to cut a 2-3 inch strip of orange peel.

Where You Can Get It:
Forage Public House
14600 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood
216-226-2000

The Contada

What It Is: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Dolin Rouge Vermouth, fresh grapefruit and lemon juices, and rosemary-infused simple syrup.
Why We Love It: Juicy, luscious, and sunset-colored, the Contada is a refreshing cocktail that cools you down and gives you a full day’s dose of vitamin C.

The Recipe:
1 ½ oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
½ oz. Dolin Rouge Vermouth
1 oz. fresh pink grapefruit juice
¼ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. rosemary-infused simple syrup*

Place all ingredients in a shaker, shake vigorously, and pour over fresh ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a grapefruit slice.  *To make simple syrup, boil equal parts water and sugar with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. Allow to cool completely, then strain.

Where You Can Get It:
Flying Fig
2523 Market Ave, Cleveland
216-241-4243