Get the recipe for Playing In The Fig Leagues at Re

At Sydney bar Re — and in the Top 50 Drinks of the Year — you'll find this drink from chef Josh Donachie.

Get the recipe for Playing In The Fig Leagues at Re
This drink is one of the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2023 — you can see the full Top 50 here.

Bad Apple cocktail


  • 45ml caramelised white chocolate rum
  • 10ml 1:1 sugar syrup
  • 5ml fig leaf distillate
  • 5ml Heiwa Yuzushu

Chill ingredients and serve over block ice. Garnish with chocolate aero.

For the White chocolate rum:

  • 700ml white rum
  • 200gm white chocolate
  1. Put white choc in oven for 8 minutes at 180C.
  2. Let chocolate cool down (in a freezer 1 hour).
  3. Add chocolate to Thermomix with rum and pulse for 10 seconds.
  4. Add to vac bag and then freeze overnight.
  5. Strain through a coffee filter and bottle.

For the fig leaf distillate:

  • 50g fig leaf
  • 700ml Kettle One
  1. Vacuum seal and leave at room temp for 24 hours.
  2. Blend and strain.
  3. Redistill at 55C.

For the chocolate aero garnish:

Place containers in freezer overnight:

  • 485g of white chocolate
  • 25g of olive oil

Combine the chocolate and olive oil and vacuum seal place in circulator @ 50 degrees for about ten minutes until combined and melted.

Charge in cream whipper 3 times shaking vigorously each charge. Add to vaccuum container. Push small button down and vacuum until doubled in size, place in freezer overnight.


From the drink’s creator, Josh Donachie:

“Being a chef working in one of the best bars in the country I wanted to challenge myself to create a drink worthy to serve in a world class venue.”