Full-bodied and rich spirit drink of gin blended with vermouth and figs, developed with Masterchef contestant and artist, Paul Stafford.
Paul Stafford was a contestant on MasterChef 2019. He successfully reached the Knockout Semi-Finals week and has now entered into collaboration with the award winning Gin Kitchen to produce "figtini". "figtini" is a cocktail inspired by Paul's love of both the cuisine and produce of the South of France. Paul loves to cook with unusual flavour combinations, influenced by the North of England, where he was born, and the Languedoc region, where he has a home and studio. Kate and Helen from The Gin Kitchen, working with Paul, have crafted "figtini", with its base of black figs and subtle notes of juniper, cardamom and orange. It is a unique blend of flavours from England, the Middle East and the South of France. Paul's suggested recipes for food pairings with "figtini" can be found at https://paulstaffordarts.com and include dishes such as slow baked lamb shoulder with garlic, rosemary and thyme, braised ham hock with crackling and red cabbage with cinnamon.
Paul, a professional artist who trained at the Slade School, will be holding a groundbreaking exhibition at "The Bomb Factory" in Archway, London, where a cooker will be installed within the gallery space. He will create dishes with ingredients sourced locally, that are reaching the end of their sell-by date. Having cooked, he will then paint original artworks each day, inspired by his dishes, which will be hung directly onto the gallery wall.
The show opens on Thursday, 25th July and will run until Friday, 2nd of August. Canapés showcasing Paul’s unique flavour combinations from England and The South of France will be offered to guests at the Private View, served with Gin Kitchen "figtini". See Paul's web site https://paulstaffordarts.com for further details.
We recommend stirring with ice and straining into a chilled cocktail glass; garnish with a twist of orange. It also makes a great gin and tonic, garnished with orange zest. Figtini turns blue when the tonic is added.