Figgy Thyme Gin Fizz


(Note: this post was originally published on September 18, 2019. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)

Late Summer Perfection

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 this drink are really beautiful. I've seriously fallen in love with this combination! 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!

My Inspiration

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 Rhonda of The Margarita Mum for the subconscious inspiration behind this cocktail and for continued cocktail inspiration in general! Her amazing "Figetmenot" is here.

Making a Simple Syrup

This cocktail relies upon a simple syrup to get all that wonderful fig flavor into a drinkable form. If you've never made a simple syrup before, don't let the fancy name intimidate you! If you can boil water, you can do it.

A simple syrup is just a 1:1 mixture of sugar and water, cooked down until it becomes thick and syrupy. It's a great way for capturing flavors that are difficult to get into a liquid form otherwise... for example, fig! Because figs aren't terribly juicy like, say, an orange, you can't just juice them and add the resulting liquid to a drink. That's why the simple syrup is a very powerful tool in mixology!

The recipe below will walk you through making a fig simple syrup, using fresh figs. But this concept will work for just about anything you can dream up, so don't be afraid to experiment! Herbs, warming spices like cinnamon, and edible flowers all yield wonderful simple syrups.

Let's Talk Ingredients

Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.

  • Fresh figs. They really do need to be fresh for this to work; please don't try to use dried figs. Look for them at artisan grocery stores, your local food Co-Op, or Trader Joes from late summer through mid-fall.
  • Water
  • Granulated white sugar. This is how you'll make the simple syrup. While I don't generally use refined white sugar, this is definitely the place for it. I don't recommend trying this with brown sugar or coconut sugar since your resulting syup will be brown and murky... yuck.
  • Fresh thyme. Again, it really needs to be fresh for this to work.
  • Gin. As shown in a few of the photos here, I love Barr Hill from Vermont, but use what you love.
  • Tonic water. I recommend using a low-sugar variety because you're already adding sweetness via the simple syrup. I absolutely love the "Refreshingly Light" tonic from Fever Tree, it's by far the best one out there.

Closing Thoughts

Because the flavors in this cocktail are quite delicate, it's really pretty versatile. It can pair well with summer fare or fall fare, and excels most with meals that involve herbs and/or fruit. Can't you imagine sipping this on the deck on a warm September evening, maybe alongside some bountiful late-summer salads?

This cocktail is an ode to the magic of late summer days and my most favorite seasonal treat: fresh figs! They're an ingredient that you can only get a couple months out of the year, and to me they epitomize the beauty of super-seasonal eating. If you haven't fallen in love with figs yet, I hope this cocktail will convince you.

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

Share It!

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Suggested Pairings


Grilled Peach and Farro Salad

Grilled Stone Fruit, Goat Cheese, and Pistachio Salad

Mint Julep Quinoa Salad

Fig, Bourbon, and Cinnamon Nicecream Cake

Figgy Thyme Gin Fizz

Perfect for warm evenings in late summer and early fall, this cocktail unites sweet figs and earthy thyme with the complex flavors of gin. The fig simple syrup is great to have on-hand!



For the Fig Simple Syrup

  • 8 fresh figs
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c granulated white sugar

For the Cocktail

  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 oz gin
  • 0.5 oz fig simple syrup
  • 3 oz low-sugar tonic water
  • Few extra fresh figs for garnish
  • Additional sprig of thyme for garnish


  1. To make the fig simple syrup, cut the fresh figs into quarters. Combine them with the water and sugar, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a low boil. Boil until the mixture has reduced significantly and turned a light pink-purple color. 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 all of the fig parts and pulp. 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 fresh thyme and gin, then muddle the thyme gently.
  5. Add the fig simple syrup and a few ice cubes, then stir well.
  6. Using a strainer to remove wayward thyme leaf and stem bits, pour into a highball glass over ice.
  7. Top with tonic water to fill the glass.
  8. Garnish with fig slices and an additional sprig of thyme.
  9. Store any additional simple syrup in the fridge for up to a couple weeks.

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August 9, 2021
Mel- Thanks for sharing your experience with using dried figs, I'm sure other people will find that useful. I'm curious what the color was like. Fresh figs are such a special treat, but they're hard to find outside of August, September, and October, so if dried worked well that could be a wonderful off-season option.
August 9, 2021
This was a really fun recipe! I love the idea of a fig simple syrup. I could only find dry figs and used those. I soaked them in the cup of water ahead of time and that helped bring back out the flavor. I can't wait to try with fresh figs!