We took a few boxes to make a fig simple syrup that we use for making our Wintertime version of a Manhattan (substitute the fig simple syrup for the sweet vermouth).  Then, instead of fig in our bourbon, we reversed it – putting bourbon in our fig.  Here’s a recipe that got rave reviews from our group of tasters.

Fig Bourbon Compote

If you are working with dried figs instead of fresh, add an additional 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 8 ounces Fresh figs, cleaned & diced any variety will do.
  • 1/4 cup sugar do not use sugar substitutes
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar traditional balsamic will also work
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • zest from 1 orange
  • pinch of salt


  • Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until liquid is reduced by one half, and mixture is thick (about 30 minutes). Cool before serving.

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