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Fig Jam Old Fashioned Cocktail

5 mins

1 cocktail

What you are creating

If you're a fan of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail and want to try a new twist on the recipe, consider using fig jam as a sweetener. Fig jam adds a unique and fruity flavor to this timeless drink that'll surely impress your guests.

To make a fig jam Old Fashioned, you'll need some bourbon, bitters, orange peel, and of course, fig jam. Start by adding a spoonful of fig jam to a glass, then pour in two ounces of bourbon, a dash of bitters, and a few ice cubes. Stir everything together until the jam is fully dissolved, then garnish with a twist of orange peel.

If you're feeling extra fancy, you can even make your own fig jam at home to use in this recipe. Simply simmer sliced figs with sugar and water until they are soft, then blend until smooth. Store the jam in a jar and use it whenever you want to make a delicious fig jam Old Fashioned.

The deep sweetness from the fig jam replaces sugar in this cocktail recipe. This version is shaken instead of stirred to thoroughly mix the jam into the cocktail. Using fig jam in an Old Fashioned is a fun and easy way to switch up your cocktail game. Give it a try and see for yourself!


  1. To a cocktail shaker, add fig jam, bitters, water, bourbon and a handful of fresh ice.

  2. Top shaker with cap or a glass; shake vigorously until the shaker is cold to the touch.

  3. Fill an old fashioned glass halfway with ice or 1 large ice cube. Strain cocktail into glass.

  4. Garnish version 1: Twist orange peel over glass, then nestle into cocktail and serve.

  5. Garnish version 2: Twist orange peel over glass, then nestle into cocktail, cut a fresh fig in half, make an incision through the base halfway up and slide onto the rim of the glass, serve.

  • 2 teaspoons fig jam

  • 2 dashes bitters, we suggest Angostura or orange flavors 1 teaspoon filtered water

  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • Orange peel for garnish Fresh fig for garnish, optional

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A note about ingredients used in our recipes:

When creating our recipes we use the following unless otherwise noted in the recipe:

  • Eggs = Large Eggs

  • All Purpose Flour = Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour or Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour Organic

  • Bread Flour = Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour or Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour Organic

  • Whole Wheat Flour = 100% Whole Grain King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour

  • Pastry Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour 

  • Almond Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour 

  • Tapioca Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch)

  • Sour Cream = Full Fat Sour Cream

  • Yogurt = Full Fat Yogurt

  • Milk = As indicated or if Milk is just listed you may use 1%, 2% or Whole Milk

  • Butter = Unsalted Sweet Cream butter unless otherwise noted


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