Figgy Thyme Gin Fizz

As summer draws to a close, I've found myself looking for a cocktail that bridges summer and fall. After a lot of brainstorming and some experimenting (I know, life is hard, but someone has to do it), I've fallen in love with this beauty: the Figgy Thyme Gin Fizz.

This cocktail is an ode to the last long, warm days of the season. The figs and the light, floral gin are straight out of summer, while the thyme foreshadows fall flavors to come.

The flavors in here are really beautiful. I've seriously fallen in love with this drink! The sweet fig syrup and herbacious thyme both echo different parts of the gin, and the result is so harmonious. Plus look at that delicate pink color!

I have a funny story about this drink. After brainstorming and testing fig cocktails for weeks, I finally decided upon using thyme and the pairing was delightful. Then I took these photos, which I was really happy with. But something about the photos seemed so familiar, and I couldn't figure it out...

A few days later, I realized: my idol and cocktail hero The Margarita Mum had posted a fig and thyme gin cocktail way back in early May, four months ago! Hers is of course so stunningly beautiful that it must have stayed deep in the subconscious part of my brain, waiting for the right time to come back to the surface. So thank you to The Margarita Mum for the subconscious inspiration behind this cocktail and for continued cocktail inspiration in general! Her amazing "Figetmenot" is here.

I love to use local Barr Hill Gin in this drink. It's my absolutely favorite gin, and I'm so proud to have such wonderful distilled products in Vermont. Caledonia Spirits uses honey (!!) in their gin, which leads to the most lovely, delicate, floral flavor.

To echo the honey in the gin, I like to make the fig syrup with honey instead of regular sugar. Honey fig syrup?!? Yum!

I hope you enjoy these last few gorgeous bits of summer, sipping one of these and soaking up the sun while you still can!

Please share your creation so I can see how you've interpreted the concept! Tag "The Rogue Brussel Sprout" on Facebook or hashtag #theroguebrusselsprout on Instagram.

Gin and honey is the best combination! I also use it in this Ginger Bee's Knees, take a look.

Thoughts About Ingredients
(These are all just suggestions, since rogue is more fun than recipe)
  • Fresh thyme (1-2 sprigs per drink)
  • Gin (~1.5-2 oz per drink). As shown above, I love Barr Hill from Vermont, but use what you have.
  • Fig syrup (~0.5-1 oz per drink). Boil quartered figs in a 1:1 mixture of water and honey until the mixture turns a deep pink color and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Tonic water (2-4 oz per drink). Depends on whether you prefer your drink small and strong or large and gentle.
  • Garnishes. I use a few additional thyme sprigs and a fig cut in half.
Thoughts About Method
(These are all just suggestions, be creative and make it yours) 
  1. Make the fig syrup, strain well, and cool completely. It will keep in the fridge for a few weeks, so don't hesitate to make a big batch. (The figs, which have now been cooked in honey, are an excellent topping for ice cream, yogurt, or oatmeal).
  2. In a cocktail stirring glass, muddle the thyme.
  3. Add the gin and fig syrup, then stir with a few ice cubes.
  4. Using a strainer to remove wayward thyme leaf and stem bits, pour into glasses over ice. 
  5. Top with tonic water.
  6. Garnish them up however you please! 


Please follow The Rogue Brussel Sprout on Instagram!