In my grocery order this week, I'd included some Black Mission figs—which arrived smashed due to poor packing. But when life gives you smashed figs, you can make fig simple syrup...and figgy cocktails.
Fig Simple Syrup
8 smashed Black Mission figs
3 cups of water
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground black cardamom
Pinch of salt
Bring ingredients to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Shut off heat and let cool, then strain and press through a chinois.
1.5 ounces fig simple syrup
2 ounces rye whiskey
squeeze of lemon
Brooklyn Hemispherical Black Mission Fig bitters
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.