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Fig Bourbon Cider Smash with Thyme

5 minutes | Yield: 2

Bring the sweet, zesty, and warming flavor to your next cozy gathering. This autumn drink is a perfect cocktail to celebrate Autumn.


  • 2 ounces non-alcoholic fresh apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon thyme simple syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon fig preserves
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • sparkling water, for topping
  • fresh figs and thyme sprig, for serving


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the apple cider, lemon juice, thyme syrup, fig preserves, and bourbon. Shake to combine.
  2. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top off with sparkling water and garnish with a fresh fig. Enjoy!

*Thyme Simple Syrup
Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 1/2 cup loosely packed thyme sprigs in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard thyme sprigs. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Recipe adapted from