Honey Fig Gin and Tonic

Bursting with sweet honey and juicy figs, this gin and tonic riff is the perfect sip for late summer and early fall. Look at the color of this gorgeous fig cocktail!


For the Honey Fig Simple Syrup

  • 8 fresh figs
  • 1 c water
  • 0.5 c honey

For the Cocktail

  • 2 oz gin
  • 0.25-0.5 oz honey fig simple syrup
  • Pinch of pink pitaya powder (optional)
  • 3 oz low-sugar tonic water
  • Fresh fig slices for garnish
  • Sprig of thyme for garnish


  1. To make the honey fig simple syrup, cut the figs into quarters. Combine them with the water and honey, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a low boil. Boil until the mixture has reduced significantly and turned a light purple color, about 10-15 minutes. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Keep an eye on it and don't let it go too far.
  2. Strain the simple syrup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the fig pulp (you can use the cooked figs as an add-in to yogurt or oatmeal).
  3. Put the simple syrup in a jar or container and chill it for at least several hours.
  4. In a cocktail stirring glass, combine the gin with the simple syrup and optional pink pitaya powder. Stir with ice.
  5. Strain into a highball glass over ice; use a fine mesh strainer if you added pink pitaya powder.
  6. Top with tonic water to fill the glass.
  7. Garnish with fig slices and a sprig of thyme.
  8. Store any additional simple syrup in the fridge for up to a couple weeks.