What’s more fun than a cocktail competition? In New Orleans I stopped in at the Amarula Experiment Throwdown at Arnaud’s, to see the top 5 bartenders from around the country, winnowed down from 300 entrants. An interesting flavor combination won: fig with coffee. The cocktail was created by Emilio Tiburcio, from Fusion Bar from the Palazzo Hotel Casino in Las Vegas
Emilio Tiburcio’s “Anxiety Fig Dream”
1oz Amarula Cream
1½ oz vanilla vodka
1 whole fig
1½ oz fresh brewed coffee
Muddle the fig. Add the Amarula, vanilla vodka, fresh brewed coffee and ice and shake.
Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with figs and sprinkle with coffee beans.