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Fig Old Fashioned

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A new twist on an old classic—the Fig Old Fashioned—has arrived. It’s one of the cocktails that has the most unique flavor profile I’ve ever mixed. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous yet still desire the timeless elegance of an old-fashioned, this is your drink. With its velvety smoothness and delicate spice, the Fig Old Fashioned is an irresistible cocktail.

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Tasting Notes

The rich, earthy fig flavor goes well with the velvety bourbon in this cocktail. A touch of bitters brings depth and harmony, while the figs’ inherent sweetness harmonizes with the bourbon’s caramel and vanilla overtones. The finished drink has a rich flavor with a delightfully smooth texture, a touch of sweetness, and just the right amount of spice.

Glassware and Equipment

A mixing glass, bar spoon, and strainer are the essential bar utensils for making a Fig Old Fashioned. Regarding the glassware, this cocktail calls for a classic Old Fashioned glass, sometimes called a rocks glass. With its wide brim, you may enjoy the aroma and taste to the most.


  • 2 oz. bourbon whiskey
  • 1 oz. Fig simple syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • figs garnish


  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, bourbon whiskey, fig simple syrup, and 2 dashes of bitters.
  2. Stir for about 15–20 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass with an ice ball.
  4. Garnish with a fresh fig.
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Pro Tips

Before adding the remaining ingredients, gently crush a fresh fig slice in the mixing glass for an additional burst of flavor. For an extra fragrant twist, squeeze some orange peel over the cocktail as a garnish to release the oils.

When to Serve

Although the Fig Old Fashioned works well for any event, it is at its best when served in the evening. Enjoy it as a classy after-dinner drink or as a pre-dinner cocktail due to its full-bodied flavor.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

Choose a premium bourbon whose flavor profile harmonizes with the figs’ natural sweetness for the ideal Fig Old Fashioned. Brands that provide the ideal combination of intricacy and smoothness are Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, and Buffalo Trace.

Similar Cocktails

  • Maple Bacon Old Fashioned: blends the smokey richness of bacon, the sweetness of maple syrup, and the depth of bourbon to create a distinct savory variation on the classic beverage
  • Manhattan: A sophisticated and timeless cocktail that combines smooth whiskey with sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters, topped with a maraschino cherry for a classic, elegant finish.
  • Fig Honey Margarita: blends the natural sweetness of figs and honey with the tang of lime and tequila, creating a unique, flavorful twist on the classic Margarita.
  • Pumpkin Old Fashioned: A cozy, autumn-inspired twist on the classic cocktail, blending rich pumpkin puree with warm spices, bourbon, and a dash of bitters for a seasonal delight that’s both smooth and inviting
  • Bourbon Old Fashioned: A timeless cocktail, combining smooth bourbon with sugar, bitters, and a twist of citrus, embodying the essence of classic sophistication.
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With its classic combination of bourbon, sugar, water, and bitters, the Old Fashioned has been a mainstay of the cocktail world for more than a century. By including the luscious flavor of figs, the Fig Old Fashioned expands upon this heritage, resulting in a contemporary classic that is both true to its origins and stimulating to the taste buds.

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Fig Old Fashioned

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.5 from 6 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bitters, Bourbon, Fig Old Fashioned, fig syrup
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Learn how to make a Fig Old Fashioned, a delicious cocktail with a rich, sweet flavor. For a one-of-a-kind flavor, combine figs, bourbon, and bitters.


  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Fig Syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Orange peel and fresh fig slice for garnish


  • In a mixing glass, add ice, bourbon whiskey, fig simple syrup, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Stir for about 15–20 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass with an ice ball.
  • Garnish with a fresh fig.



Is it possible to substitute fresh figs for fig syrup?
Definitely! Before adding the remaining ingredients, muddle a few fresh figs in the mixing glass to release their flavor.
Would it be acceptable to use a different kind of whiskey?
Bourbon is classic, but rye and even light Scotch can be good substitutes; try different ones until you find one you like.
What is the best way to prepare fig syrup?
When the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened, add a few fresh figs and simmer the combination with equal parts water and sugar. Before using, strain and allow to cool.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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