When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

At our core, we are all balance. It’s how we are meant to exist, it is necessary to our survival. It is how we choose to live our lives, in the most simplest of forms, that take this delicate rhythm away from it’s natural state. As I was creating this recipe, it struck me, like a huge truck in fact, I am truly the epitome of a libra and a middle child, through and through. I like when things are even and balanced, I like to see all sides, I like the middle and I love the way life feels when equanimity is at the forefront. The scales may flutter about, but ultimately I don’t feel right when my life is not in balance. I firmly believe that when life is imbalanced, this is when we suffer mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. When I am not in balance, I am not connected to the world. When I am not connected to the world, I get lost in myself and it never ends well.

When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

This Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail is just another example of how I truly embody the idea of balance, even in the most casual of moments in life. It’s something I crave even in the play time, I seek it and I am drawn to it, oftentimes in a completely subconscious manner. I’m sure, if you’ve been visiting this website for sometime, you see these very trends in my food. Many paleo recipes, yet lots of vegan, after many grain-free recipes will might find some grains, with a dozen vegan recipes, you’ll log on to find meatballs. There are sweets, but after too many, you won’t find them for a while. Many times I add a food to a recipe, just for a balance in color. I like to include ingredients that offer a compliment to balance another strong element. This is just how I live my life. Sometimes this need for balance will even show up in a dessert like a cake with some greens snuck into it or cookies with zucchini. It’s balance. My body craves it. The extremes, they just don’t work for me.

This delicate balancing act, the feeling when everything is perfectly aligned and the need for it in my life, these are likely the exact reasons why I found and fell in love with yoga nearly 10 years ago. Finding the balance of effort and ease within every posture and the practice as a whole, has taught me so much off of my mat, it’s taught me so much in the kitchen, about my health, about my relationships, life and living.

When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

It quite rare these days that I imbibe in a cocktail, I enjoy the occasional glass of wine with a really nice meal and now and again I’ll indulge in a well-crafted cocktail. To me a great mixologist is just as impressive as a well-trained chef, a well-made cocktail as enjoyable as a delicious perfectly crafted dish. On the rare occasions when I am designing a cocktail at home, I am intuitively drawn to ingredients that lead to balance. Likely because I am aware that indulging in alcohol can generally lead to some not-so-great feelings. I find myself reaching for coconut water or other mixers that provide rehydration, ginger beer or bitters for digestion or one of my favorites, kombucha, The probiotic gut benefits of this fermented the drink always offer me the ease of mind, knowing that I am still doing some good, while I indulge. “Detox / Retox” my friend Gina and I always call it.

This cocktail celebrates the flavors of the swing season while balancing the alcohol with the kombucha. Rich and warming dark spiced rum, with the earthy, sweet, fig simple syrup are balanced by the bright, fresh flavor from the fresh valencia orange juice and the tart flavor of the kombucha. Together this combination offers the perfect compliment to the end of summer and start of fall. Balance.

When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

 

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#DRINKTHESUMMER

I am super excited to be teaming up with a whole bunch of kick-ass bloggers today for a collection of delicious summer cocktail recipes. You can check them all out here:

Hummingbird High | Thyme Lemonade
Brooklyn Supper | Bloody Maria Cocktails
Cake Over Steak | Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Loves Food, Loves to Eat | Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers
my name is yeh | Nutella Egg Cream
The Pancake Princess | Strawberry Balsamic Shrubs
Edible Perspective | Rosé Slushies
Vegetarian ‘Ventures | Sparkling Peppered Plum Blush
Appeasing a Food Geek | Sugar Plum Margarita
Hungry Girl por Vida | Peanut Butter and Berry Smoothie
Cookie and Kate | Watermelon White Sangria
Chocolate + Marrow | Raspberry Thyme Smash
The Bojon Gourmet | Basil Pluot Pimm’s Cup
what’s cooking good looking | Watermelon Basil Colada
i am a food blog | Thyme Gin and Tonics
Fix, Feast, Flair | Berry Peachy Kentucky Mules

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 betty August 19, 2015 at 6:27 am

I can’t believe I haven’t stumbled upon your blog before. This is amazing, and your words are beautiful. From the first paragraph when you began to talk about balance, I was hooked. This cocktail looks so amazing – and also, having been obsessed with kombucha lately, I was extra excited to see another cocktail using kombucha on the #DRINKSUMMER list. Lovely.

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2 Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow August 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

Just lovely, Beth! So happy #drinkthesummer led me to your lovely blog!

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3 aida mollenkamp August 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

Yes to everything about this drink! Now I’m seriously coming over to steal some figs from you!

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4 Sara @ Cake Over Steak August 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I love this. Figs are such a joy right now, and the idea of kombucha (aka the ‘buch) in a cocktail really pleases me. Balance. I dig it.

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5 Em August 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Mixing booch n’ hooch – LOVE IT! And you KNOW I love me a good pun. Excellent use of your abundant fig stash, m’lady. If only I were down there to take a few dozen off your hands!

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6 Rachel & Sabrina August 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Balance is totally key. Detox / Retox is what we’re all about!

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7 Sherrie August 20, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Your words are beautiful here Beth. Balance is key, and I’m working hard everyday to find it. I can never get enough figgy stuffs, and I count on YOU to find it. Love this, love you, xx.

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8 Beth @ Tasty Yummies August 22, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Thanks love and thanks again for organizing this wonderful series! Love you too, girl! xoxo

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9 aimee @ small eats August 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Amen to balance and a gorgeous looking cocktail!!

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