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Homemade Fig Syrup in a jar with dried and fresh figs on a tray

Homemade Fig Syrup for Cocktails

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Add depth and decadence to your fall and winter cocktails with this fig simple syrup made with dried figs. Because it’s made of dried figs, we’ll cook it a little longer than usual to make sure to get a strong and vibrant fig flavor infused in the syrup. Using raw or brown sugar is best with this recipe to pair with the rich flavor from the figs.
5 from 2 votes
Course Drinks
Cuisine whiskey cocktail


  • 1.5 c sliced dried figs
  • 1 c water
  • ¾ c raw sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Reduce heat to low so that the syrup is barely simmering and stir occasionally for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture steep and cool. Strain, reserve the candied figs for appetizers or toppings on ice cream or baked goods. Store the fig simple syrup in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.


To make the syrup with fresh figs:
  • 2 cups chopped fresh figs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and simmer on low for 30 min or until the figs completely break down and start turning to mush. Let cool, strain into a clean glass jar and store in the fridge.
Keyword fall simple syrup, fig, how to, simple syrup
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