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Fig Whiskey Ginger Cocktail

Fig Whiskey Ginger Cocktail




Written by:

Barbara Mighdoll

Fresh figs, spicy ginger, warming bourbon make this the perfect Fall cocktail 

We're nearing the end of fig season so I had to share this tasty cocktail I recently created at home. I absolutely love figs. And I've loved finding fig vendors at our farmers markets this autumn that have so many varieties to try. I enjoy them by themselves, honey roasted with goat cheese and arugula, yogurt and pine nuts, and another favorite we spun up at home, Morrocan fig roasted chicken (need to share this recipe soon).

I love the combo of figs and ginger together… its the perfect combo to give you all the Fall feels.

figs at the farmers market

Note: I originally posted this cocktail on my Instagram stories and got so many requests for the recipe I figured I’d put it on my blog as well to share with you.

What liquor goes best with ginger?

Ginger pairs well with many liquors, but bourbon or whiskey is often the best choice to complement its spicy flavor. Jason is obsessed with bourbon, our entire top shelf of our liquor cart is craft bourbons, so I'm often trying to make cocktails with this type of liquor. Of course vodka also goes great with ginger. We all love a good Moscow Mule in a copper mug which is vodka, ginger beer and lime juice.

What is a Whiskey Ginger Cocktail?

The classic Whiskey Ginger cocktail has just three simple ingredients: whiskey, ginger ale, lime.  Whiskey selection varies, but usually you’ll find this drink made with Irish Whiskey like Jameson, but for those who like a flavor profile more of oak, vanilla and carmel, bourbon is your best option.

Now let’s turn that up a notch with an upgraded Whiskey Ginger Cocktail. This cocktail of jammy figs, spicy ginger, warming bourbon and thyme must be tried.

Ingredients To Gather

To create the perfect Fig Ginger Cocktail, you'll need a few key ingredients:

1. Fresh figs: Choose ripe figs to ensure maximum sweetness and flavor.

2. Bourbon: Opt for your favorite craft bourbon to add depth and richness to the cocktail.

3. Ginger ale: The bubbly ginger ale will complement the spicy notes of ginger in the cocktail.

4. Lime: A splash of lime juice will add a refreshing twist and balance the sweetness of the figs.

5. Thyme sprigs: This aromatic herb will lend a subtle earthiness to the cocktail.

Recipe: Fig Whiskey Ginger Cocktail

This perfect Fall cocktail combines the seasonal goodness of figs with the fiery kick of ginger, resulting in a drink that truly captures the essence of autumn.

Serves: 2


  • 3 oz Bourbon
  • 2 oz Ginger Liqueur
  • 5 oz Ginger Ale
  • 3 Figs
  • 2 sprigs Thyme


  1. Muddle 2 figs in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add bourbon, ginger liqueur, lime juice and ice
  3. Shake well for 10 seconds
  4. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice
  5. Top with Ginger Ale
  6. Garnish with slices of remaining fig and a sprig of thyme

Recipe Modifications 

Ginger Beer: If you like things spicy, swap out Ginger Beer for Ginger Ale. 

Fig Jam: Fresh figs are great, but if you’re having trouble finding them try using fig jam instead.  If you go this route, definitely don't add simple syrup since the jam will have plenty of sugar. Or if you have leftover figs, make them into a quick jam by combining them with lemon juice and sugar to enjoy all year round.

Simple Syrup or Honey:  If you need heavier sweetness, add 1oz of simple syrup or honey.

Balsamic Vinegar: Want to feel fancy? Add a drizzle of fig balsamic vinegar on top.

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