As a child, it was a treat to discover the last few figs in my mother’s small greenhouse – long after they were gone from the market. I always felt lucky to find them when I was craving their juicy honey-sweet flavor and nutty overtones. I liked to fill my mouth like I was devouring an entire box of Fig Newtons.
Now, I find inspiration in these memories to create new experiences and celebrate the fruits of summer by making this delicious shaken sipper.
Yield: 1 cocktail
Start by making the thyme simple syrup. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir on medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, add thyme and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove thyme and pour into a heat-safe pint sized canning jar. Let cool before using in your cocktail. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.
To make the cocktail, add quartered figs and thyme simple syrup to the bottom of your mixing glass. Break up the pieces of fig by muddling lightly.
Once muddled, fill your mixing glass with ice, and add the remaining ingredients.
Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
Finally, double strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and half of a fig.
Remember to savor the aromas of summer, then sip and ENJOY!