Smoky Mezcal-Fig Sour

Active Time: 20 MINTotal Time8 HR 50 MIN
Yield: Serves : 12

The spicy-sweet fig-ginger syrup rounds out the smoky mezcal and bright lemon juice in this cocktail. Mezcal is still the dominant flavor in this barely sweet drink that lets the liquor shine.


  • 1 1/3 cups simple syrup
  • 10 dried figs, halved
  • 1 (4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle mezcal
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (from 8 large lemons)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Whole nutmeg

How to Make It

Step 1    

Combine simple syrup, figs, and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until figs are softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate mixture, covered, 8 hours or overnight. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Step 2    

Place mezcal in a pitcher. Pour 11/4 cups fig-ginger syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into pitcher, followed by lemon juice and 3/4 cup water. Refrigerate until chilled, 2 hours or up to overnight. Stir before serving. Pour over large ice cubes into rocks glasses. Garnish servings with freshly grated nutmeg.

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