Fig syrup that’s perfectly spiced and sweet. Great for adding to your favourite cocktails for extra depth and a bit of autumnal flavour.
This fig simple syrup is about to change your entire cocktail game — seriously.
By adding just a few flavourful ingredients to your simple syrup mix, you can end up with this warming, deep and rich simple syrup that will take your cocktails to the next level. Whether you add it whisky sours or old fashioneds, it’ll add a subtly spaced background flavour that is truly phenomenal.
It’s easy, quick, and a serious upgrade from "regular" simple syrup. So what are you waiting for?
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is the typical sweetener used to make cocktails. While you can buy it pre-made, simple syrup couldn’t be easier to make. As liquor.com says, “if you can boil water, you can make simple syrup.” And they’re right!
All that’s required to make it is water, a way to boil it, and an equal amount of sugar. While it might sound basic, there are endless opportunities to get creative with your simple syrup. By adding different flavours to the mix, you can create a totally unique syrup to add dimension and personality to any cocktail.
This fig simple syrup is the perfect example, adding depth and warmth with the addition of spices and autumnal fruit.
Hero ingredient: dried figs
While simple syrup typically consists of just a few ingredients, it’s dried figs that make this one sing.
When boiled in the simple syrup, they release their sweetness and subtle fig taste, blending perfectly with autumnal spices for a warming flavour that adds a lot of dimension to whatever you use this syrup in.
How to use this simple syrup
The most common use for simple syrup is as a sweetener in cocktails. Typically, a cocktail will require about 15-30 ml of simple syrup depending on what you’re making and how sweet you like your drinks.
You can also use simple syrup for other things:
- In sorbet
- To moisten layer cakes
- As a sweetener in coffee drinks
- To sweeten fruit salads
We recommend sticking with dried figs for this recipe. Fresh figs aren’t always as pronounced in their sweetness, and dried figs lend their flavours to the syrup really easily when rehydrated.
The flavour of orange really melds perfectly with the warming spices in this simple syrup. In a pinch, however, lemon peel would also work.
We don’t recommend using powdered cinnamon because it will change the texture of the simple syrup. Cinnamon is hydrophobic, meaning it won’t dissolve — which isn’t ideal for adding to cocktails.
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