A pink cocktail always is an eye-catcher, and this Pink Fig Gin Tonic does not only look beautiful... it also tastes sensational.
The addition of fig creates an extra layer of fruity flavors and brings a little extra sweetness to the highball, making the pink drink a delicious after-work sip. Yet, it is suited even better as a beautiful serve on Valentine's, birthdays, or weddings.
Quick Facts Pink Fig Gin Tonic
- Method: Build in glass
- Flavor profile: mild, well-balanced, yet slightly on the sweet side
- How to serve it: over ice
- Best glassware: highball glass
- Alcohol content: ~ 11%, 19 grams of alcohol per serving
With gin usually not bringing much bitterness, you don't want to end up with a drink more suitable for a candy bar. Thus, we will explain a few things to in mind when selecting the ingredients below.
- 1 Bar spoon
- 1 Jigger
- 2 oz London Dry Gin
- 4 oz Tonic Water - Indian or dry
- 0.5 oz Fig Syrup
- 0.25 oz lemon juice
- 2 slices fresh fig - for garnish
- Add Gin, fig syrup, and a splash of lemon juice to your highball glass. Give everything a good stir until Gin and syrup are blended fully.2 oz London Dry Gin, 0.5 oz Fig Syrup, 0.25 oz lemon juice
- Now add a large ice cube and top up everything with tonic water.4 oz Tonic Water
- Use two slices of fresh fig to garnish your drink. Cheers!2 slices fresh fig
Ingredients for our Pink Fig Gin Tonic
To get a nicely balanced drink, here are a few tips. Follow these when picking the ingredients, and you will get your Pink Fig G&T just right.
- Gin: You might want something more juniper-forward and not too fancy. Therefore, a classic London Dry Gin is the best option for this drink. It won't interfere and overpower the subtle Fig flavor in the syrup. Plus, the dry gin counterbalances the additional sweetness nicely, as well. I recommend something traditional like Sipsmith.
- Tonic water: Like the gin, the tonic water shouldn't be too sweet. For most G&Ts, I prefer my tonic less quinine-forward - for instance, the Mediterranean version from Fever Tree. However, such subtle quinine notes would get lost between the fig syrup and the intense juniper notes from the London Dry. Hence, for this Pink Fig G&T, a standard Indian works and a dry tonic will be even better.
- Fig syrup: Now, to the star of the recipe: homemade fig syrup. It is made with plenty of fresh figs, boiled down with demerara sugar, and a little bit of vanilla and cinnamon. It brings a beautiful fruity sweetness to what otherwise would be a very basic Gin and Tonic.
- Lemon juice: just a splash of fresh lemon juice is enough to counterbalance the sugar in the syrup.
Tipps for the perfect Pink Fig Gin Tonic
Preparing your Pink Fig Gin and Tonic in the correct order is crucial to get a consistent color and taste:
Add the syrup into your glass first to ensure the fig syrup blends nicely with your Gin and Tonic. In the second step, pour the fresh lemon juice and gin into your cocktail glass.
Give everything a good stir until the syrup fully combines with gin and lemon juice. Only then do you add ice and top everything up with tonic water.
If you add the tonic before stirring, you will lose carbonation, and your drink will fall flat. Also, if you add the ice before, it will dilute the G&T. Plus, it would complicate the process of stirring itself.
Another vital factor is the ice: use large, clear ice cubes. They will melt slower, so your drink won't turn into a water puddle within five minutes of pouring. Support that by cooling all ingredients and the glass prior to mixing.
Also, if you're not yet happy with the color of your drink, you can adjust the recipe and add a bit more syrup. -But make a tester before serving it to your guests.
In case you might have gone too far with the syrup and your G&T turns out a little too sweet, add an extra splash of lemon juice.
Other modern and popular gin-based recipes you should try are: