A tasty Fig & Thyme Gin Cocktail is a definite must-have after a long day or for celebrations! Made with fresh figs and thyme and tonic water, this simple 6 ingredient gin cocktail is a must for fall days. (Mocktail version available)
Fresh thyme & fig gin cocktail/mocktail recipe
This easy and refreshing gin and tonic recipe shows off the sweet, fruity flavour of figs which is complemented by the beautiful flavour of fresh thyme. A perfect Fall time celebration!
I love a gin and tonic and this fig cocktail is the perfect twist on a classic gin and tonic. Made with simple ingredients - beautiful fresh figs, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, a splash of tonic water, and your favorite gin. You're destined to be sipping on this pink gin and tonic all fall long.
If you love the combination of fig and thyme, check out my Fig & Thyme Pavlova with Spicy Red Wine Plum Syrup!
Ingredients you'll need
- Sugar - This adds a little extra sweetness to your fig cocktail recipe by making a simple syrup. You can adjust the amount you use according to your preference.
- Water - A little water goes a long way when creating a simple syrup.
- Gin - This is where the fun comes in! Use your favorite gin brand and add as much or as little as you want. To change up the cocktail, you could swap the gin out for a little white rum. (Alternatively, to make a non-alcoholic gin mocktail version, omit the gin entirely or replace it with your favorite non-alcoholic gin)
- Thyme - Nothing beats beautiful fresh thyme sprigs. If you want a slightly different flavor, try using rosemary sprigs instead.
- Fresh figs - Make sure to use sweet ripe figs for this recipe and cut a few extra for a beautiful cocktail garnish.
- Tonic water - Don't like tonic water? Try a little soda water instead. I love adding pink tonic water to give the drink a lovely pink color.
Choosing Your Gin
The quality of the gin will greatly affect the taste of your cocktail. Try making this cocktail with a few different types of gins to see which one you like best. Different gins all have different flavor undertones and you'll definitely like some more than others. Some of my favorites include Empress Gin and Tanqueray Gin, these are both great options for making cocktails.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF GIN
- London Dry Gin - With a strong juniper taste this type of gin is definitely the most popular gin.
- Plymouth Gin - This gin is even dryer than London Dry Gin and has a slightly spicier flavor.
- Old Tom Gin - With added liquorice, this type of gin is slightly sweeter than your typical gins.
- Genever Gin - This is the original, first gin that comes from The Netherlands. It is sweet and aromatic and is often used in cocktails.
How To Make a Fig & Thyme Gin Cocktail
Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the fresh thyme.
Allow the thyme to steep in the sugar syrup for 10 minutes. Then remove the thyme and allow the syrup to cool.
Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, add one tablespoon of the infused sugar syrup to a serving glass that is filled with ice.
Add the gin and chopped figs.
Top with tonic water and serve with a sprig of thyme.
Tips for making the best gin cocktail
- Allow the thyme to steep - Once you've made the simple syrup for your cocktail, you'll add a few sprigs of thyme and allow that flavor to steep into the syrup. The longer you leave the thyme, the stronger the flavor will be.
- Use fresh figs - Use top-quality, sweet figs that are ripe. This will increase the figgy flavor of your gin cocktail and add a little extra sweetness and fruitiness.
- Try different tonic waters - I love pink gin and tonics and I create them by using a pink tonic. It gives the gin cocktail a slightly more floral taste. You could use blueberry tonics or sugar-free tonics too - the options are endless.
What is the most popular way to drink gin?
Some people enjoy gin straight over ice. While that can hit the spot some days, I always enjoy a simple gin and tonic with a few slices of lime or lemon. Another way to enjoy gin is in a cocktail such as this fig gin cocktail or other gin cocktails.
Is gin the healthiest alcohol?
Gin is one of the healthier types of alcohol. That's why we love gin cocktails right? Gin is made from juniper berries, it is low in calories and due to being made with botanical properties, it adds many health-boosting qualities.
Should gin be refrigerated?
Gin does not need to be refrigerated. If you're planning on making a refreshing cocktail then keeping your gin in the fridge is always a simple way to make sure your cocktail is cold and delicious.
How To Make This A Fig & Thyme Gin Mocktail
Turning this delicious gin cocktail into a non-alcoholic mocktail version is incredibly easy. To create a mocktail version, leave out the gin from the recipe or use your favorite non-alcoholic gin in place of the gin. This fig gin cocktail recipe is a great option for mocktails as it is full of flavor and isn't too sweet.
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 1 shot gin (omit for a non-alcoholic version)
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 4 - 8 figs, chopped
- tonic water
- Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add in thyme.
- Allow thyme to steep in sugar syrup for 10 minutes.
- Once cooled, add one tablespoon of infused sugar syrup to a serving glass that is filled with ice.
- Add gin and chopped figs.
- Top with tonic water and serve with a sprig of thyme.
How To Make A Fig & Thyme Gin Mocktail
To create a mocktail version, leave out the gin from the recipe or use your favorite non-alcoholic gin in place of the gin. This fig gin cocktail recipe is a great option for mocktails as it is full of flavor and isn't too sweet.