The Brown Turkey

One bite of savory fig stuffing served at a holiday feast and Justin Chamberlin knew he’d found his next cocktail inspiration. This Thanksgiving cocktail combines the subtle spices of aged rum with the sultry sweetness of figs and a bright pop of sparkling wine.

  • 1 oz. aged rum
  • 1 oz. fig and brown sugar reduction
  • 3 dashes orange bitters (Chamberlin uses Regans’)
  • 2 oz. sparkling wine
  • Tools: shaker, strainer, fine strainer

Orange Twist




Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, and shake with ice to chill. Fine-strain into a chilled flute, top with sparkling wine and garnish.

Fig and Brown Sugar Reduction: Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of brown sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Add ½ a cup of chopped fresh figs (Chamberlin uses Brown Turkeys, but feel free to substitute any variety), and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat and let steep for 25 minutes. Fine-strain into a glass bottle and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.