fig, vanilla bean & gin cocktail



It's the most wonderful time of the yearrr! That includes holiday drinks! While you've got your classics like hot apple cider and eggnog, sometimes you want something a little different, something light. This holiday cocktail combines classic flavors like vanilla bean with fig and orange to create a unique and refreshing drink.


One of my favorite things about this drink is the CBD Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup by Backyard Sodas! This syrup is truly simple - fresh Colorado ingredients and full spectrum hemp extract. No artificial colors, flavors, or things I can't pronounce. While we'll need to make the fig simple syrup, this one is ready to go, not to mention it's also infused with CBD! It's more important than ever to support small business, so if you're still looking for Christmas gifts check out Backyard Sodas. Their gift packs will look perfect under the tree (AND they're offering $10 off your first order)!


One thing the simple syrups have in common is that they have so many uses outside of cocktails! Drizzle into tea, coffee, or onto pastries. There's always a way to utilize the ingredients you have for different purposes. I personally love the figs syrup over some scones. So delicious!


cocktail ingredients:

  • 3 ounces gin

  • 1/2 ounce CBD Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 ounce fig simple syrup (recipe follows)

  • 4 dashes orange bitters

  • 4 ounces club soda or tonic

  • Ice


cocktail instructions:

  1. Combine your gin, simple syrups and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well.

  2. Strain into a glass (over an ice cube depending on your preference).

  3. Top with club soda or tonic to taste.

fig simple syrup ingredients:

  • 6 figs, halved with stems removed

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup water


syrup instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan or pot and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce to medium low heat and stir frequently for about 5-7 minutes (or until figs break down). Allow to cool. Strain using a fine mesh strainer.

  3. Store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to one week. Yields about 5-6 ounces of syrup (enough for 10-12 cocktails).