Fig Simple Syrup - Ideal for Summer Cocktails

Fig simple syrup is very similar to a lemon simple syrup. For the sake of hitting two birds with one stone, I'll give you both and you can just make a simple syrup with whatever you have in the house.

The main difference between a lemon simple syrup - the kind you'll use for lemonade - and fig simple syrup, is that you'll have to let the figs steep for at least an hour while it cools down, before you can strain it. Lemon simple syrup is dead simple and a good starting point.

Both simple syrups take equal amounts of water, sugar, and fruit/juice, but you can adapt the amounts according to your personal taste - a little more lemon if you like your lemonade sour, a little more figs if you're going to use it in a cocktail. This simple syrup, once it's cooled down, is perfect with equal amounts soda water (i.e. half a cup syrup, half a cup soda water to serve one).

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Lemon juice or Whole sweet figs

Instructions - Lemon Simple Syrup

  1. Over a low heat, bring water and sugar to a boil, while stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice (freshly squeezed will always be king). Stir and let it cool down.
  3. Once cooled down, pour the liquid into a jar and cool.
  4. Serve with ice and equal parts soda water.

Instructions - Fig Simple Syrup

  1. Over a low heat, bring water, sugar, and quartered figs to a boil, while stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Remove from the heat and let it stand for at least an hour to steep all the flavour from the figs.
  3. Once steeped, use a strainer and bowl to separate the pips and fruit pulp from the juice.
  4. Once strained, pour liquid into a jar and cool.
  5. Serve with ice and equal parts soda water.

Serving Suggestions

In the beginning of the process you can get "fancy with the spices". Most extra flavours will need some steeping time, depending on how strong you want the taste to be. Here are a couple of flavour combinations I like:

  • Lemon & Ginger - Add the ginger at the start of the process.
  • Lemon & Mint - Add the mint after you've removed the syrup from the heat. Let it steep for at least an hour.
  • Fig & Rosewater - You can add the rosewater after you've strained the syrup.
  • Fig & Vanilla - Add the vanilla at the beginning of the process.
  • Fig & Rosemary or Thyme - Add rosemary or thyme once you've removed the syrup from the heat. Be sure to taste every 15 minutes or so, to prevent the herbs taking over this delicate flavour.
  • Fig and Cinnamon - add a cinnamon stick at the beginning of the process.

Enjoy xx