As the gentle warmth of late summer evenings turns into the mellow evening mists of early autumn, stickily sweet purple figs come into their own. Here at Craft Gin Club, we’re making the most of the glorious early autumn sunshine with the last of the season’s plump, ripe figs in this pretty twist on a gin and tonic, and it’s fabulous!
You’ll need to whip up a simple syrup infused with figs and thyme, but honestly, that is incredibly easy (and cheap) to do, and you can use any of this fruity, lightly perfumed syrup as a decadent addition to cocktails, on puddings or as a marinade for your meats and salads.
Fig, Thyme & Honey Gin Cocktail
100g caster sugar
4-5 fresh figs
A few sprigs of thyme
35ml fig syrup
1 tsp honey
Juice of half a lemon
Splash of cider (optional)
Tonic or soda water, to top up (optional - you could leave this out if you want to make a martini-style cocktail)
In a saucepan, combine your sugar, honey, water and figs. Heat gently for 5-10 minutes, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the figs begin to soften and break down. Remove from the heat and add the thyme. Allow to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain into a clean jar. You can keep any of the unused fig syrup for 3-4 weeks in the fridge.
To make your cocktail, fill your tumbler with ice and add your gin, 35ml of the fig syrup, lemon juice and a little dash of cider. Top up with a neutral tonic or soda water. (Feel free to adjust these quantities to your own taste.) Stir well, then garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme or a cinnamon stick and enjoy!