After my Rosemary Gin Fizz turned out so well, I began scouring the internet for more cocktails inspired by our herb garden. That is when I stumbled across this figgin’ beautiful cocktail and became a woman obsessed. With thyme to spare, all I needed was a handful of ripe figs. Much to my frustration, figs are apparently one of the few things that you can’t get out of season no matter where you look. I must have called Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods every other weekend until I finally heard the beautiful news- “yes crazy lady, we have fresh figs.”
After all the anticipation I had built up around this cocktail (ask anyone, I talked about this drink way too much) when the moment to take that first sip finally came, I was nervous. I was afraid it was going to be as disappointing as the time I made the Charleston Pink Lady, or that it would lack that wow factor I had built up in my mind, but I couldn’t have been more pleased; About Figgin’ Thyme was everything I had hopped it would be and more!
This picture perfectly captures how apprehensive I was about taking that first sip, but after playing around with the original recipe, I am excited to share this delicious and beautiful cocktail with you! Now hurry and get your hands on some fresh figs or you will have to wait till next year!
To make this beautiful summer cocktail you will need:
- 2 fresh figs
- 1/2 oz. thyme simple syrup
- 1/4 oz. St. Elizabeth’s all spice dram (This will be a great staple for your upcoming holiday season bar)
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1.5 oz white rum
To make the thyme simple syrup combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium to high heat. Drop in a few sprigs of fresh thyme and bring it all to a boil stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved (About 4-6 minutes). Simple syrup will last in a sealed container in the fridge for up to four weeks.
Muddle the figs in a cocktail shaker with the thyme simple syrup and the all spice dram. Add ice, rum and lemon juice then shake vigorously. There are so many seeds in fresh figs so I opted to double strain into my favorite gold rim coupe. Once you have poured your drink into your glass of choice, garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme and enjoy! While summer is still in full swing here in Richmond, VA, I am starting to feel like it is about figgin’ thyme for fall. I love how this drink marries those sweet flavors of summer with a subtle spice that suggests, “fall is coming.”
I hope you all enjoy this delicious little cocktail as much as I did and that you take some time to soak up the waning summer!