The winner of the 2024 Ovant Pro-Am in the Pro/Lo category is the 'Go Figure', created by George Curtis, the owner of Before+After in Brisbane.
This is a beautiful short drink, combining the sweet and spice element of Ovant Royal with the richness of fig and just a little sherry for a mild level of alcohol.
“By using Ovant’s spice-forward Royal as a base, adding a splash of Oloroso and pairing with a rich, unctuous fig falernum, I’ve created a drink that ticks all boxes. Tasty, easy to recreate and crucially very low in alcohol.”
- George Curtis, Ovant Pro-Am Winner
50ml Ovant Royal
10ml Lustau Oloroso Sherry
20ml Fig Falernum
4 dashes whiskey barrel aged or chocolate bitters
GLASSWARE & TOOLS
Double Old Fashioned
First, prepare the Fig Falernum by combining 5 fresh figs (cut into quarters), 500ml water, 2 star anise, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon quill, 5g of Earl Grey tea and the peel of one orange in a pot and bringing to a very gentle simmer over a medium heat. Simmer for 8 – 10 minutes before taking off the heat and adding 750g of raw sugar. Stir until the sugar fully dissolves and allow to cool completely before straining through a coffee filter. Keep refrigerated until needed.
Make the Go Figure by combining all ingredients in a mixing glass full of ice and stir to combine. Strain into a Double Old Fashioned glass over a large single ice cube.
Garnish with a fresh fig quarter.