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Figaro, Figaro—A Fig and Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Oh, glorious figs, here at last! Since seasonal availability is limited, figs are a definite go-to for cocktails. With several varieties and flavor profiles, there are many concoctions to create with them. Black mission figs are readily available, rich with berry-tinged sweetness, making these gems perfect for creating a drink featuring the earthy warming spices of fall like cloves or cardamom. Figs are packed with healthy minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron, plus fiber and antioxidants. Paired with the herbal and botanical notes of Amaro Nonino, which has hints of delicate spice, orange, and cinnamon, this spirit-forward Figaro cocktail makes for a decadently cozy autumnal nightcap.

Ingredients for

Figaro, Figaro—A Fig and Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

1 ounce bourbon

¾ ounce Amaro Nonino

½ ounce roasted Mission Figs Syrup* 

2 dashes Angostura bitters


Instructions for

Figaro, Figaro—A Fig and Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into an old fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a pinch of ground cardamom.

*see recipe for Roasted Figs Syrup below.

Frequently asked

Questions About This Recipe

How to Make a Roasted Figs Syrup


Preheat oven to 350°. Cut 5 figs in half and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. Roast for 40 minutes, saving the released juices and syrup. Blend figs and juices into a purée and strain. Use within 1 week for optimal taste and freshness.


Notes & Thoughts

Figs Have a Short Season in San Diego

You'll usually start finding an abundance of figs at local farmers' markets or on your trees around middle- to late-August, with the height of the season around mid- to late-September, and they'll be gone before November.

Have Your Fig Cake and Eat It

If you've settled on figs for the cocktail theme, why not also make a cake with this recipe for Pistachio Fig Cake with Honey and Ricotta.

Need More Fig Inspirations?

Don't miss Five Simple Ways to Cook with Figs.

This recipe is intended for those 21+. Please drink responsibly.

Originally published in Edible San Diego Magazine, No. 63, Fall 2021.