Vanilla and Fig Syrup

This rich Vanilla and Fig Syrup combines some unique flavours that will really elevate your cocktail game. Initially created for a very special Old Fashioned, this syrup can easily be dressed in your coffee, desserts, lemonades and so much more. 

Syrups are everything to a bartender. That little bit of prep work prior to the shift, makes for a much easier and smoother service. You have a component that is extremely unique and brings a new experience/taste for guests, while still executing a cocktail quickly. To me, that’s everything. As much as I can love and appreciate the work of molecular gastronomy cocktails, I do not want to wait more than 5 minutes for a cocktail. Plain and simple, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way.

This is the reason why I love my Syrup & Infusion section. This is so important to bringing something unique to the table, and once you have it prepped, throwing together an array of cocktails will take a lot less effort!

This combination here is definitely a favourite of mine, with Figs, Vanilla Extract, Demerara Sugar and Orange Peels. As I’ve mentioned already, you will find so many ways to use this syrup, that you’ll probably get upset that you didn’t make more.

Vanilla and Fig Syrup

This unique syrup combines the rich flavours of vanilla and fig with some bright orange peel. 

Difficulty: Intermediate

Author Monica C


  • 3 Figs cut in halfs
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Orange Peel
  • 2/3 cup Demerara Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Water


  1. Peel half of an Orange and set this aside

  2. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients (excluding peel) and bring to a boil

  3. Once it starts to boil, immediately bring it down to a simmer and add the orange peel

  4. Allow this to simmer for 10 minutes before straining through a fine mesh strainer

  5. Let this reach room temperature before storing into the fridge

Recipe Notes

This recipe yielded 2/3 cups of syrup. This is good for at least 10 of the Old Fashioned Recipe found here, and can yield in the fridge for a maximum of 2 weeks. 

Monica Carbonell

Hi, I’m Monica and I’m your Fairy Barmother. At Liquid Culture, creativity is encouraged and education is used to empower followers to be the best they can be. We want to provide you with the tools to confidently bartend within your own home and to have some fun while doing it too! Inside this website you will find recipes, videos, articles and more that will teach you everything you need to know about being your best Home Bartender!


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