I’m here to help you streamline your cocktail routine on Fridays.  Your at-home mixology skills could use a shake-up.

It’s Friday and you need a drink after work.  Stat.  But, you’ve had such a crazy week that making a batch of simple syrup isn’t in the cards.  I got ya covered.  Grab a jar of jam instead!

Jams add sweetness and body to a cocktail.  Once you try it, you’ll never go back to plain simple syrup.  (Unless you’re hooked on my jalapeño simple syrup, that is).

I used my final jar of fig jam that I made last season.  I went heavy on the cinnamon in this batch of jam, so the cocktail has lots of spice and warmth.  If your fig preserves are plain, just add a pinch of cinnamon to your martini shaker.


I chose rye whiskey because I like its grassiness.  Use whatever whiskey or bourbon you prefer.  A sprig of lemon balm on top is your cue to drink up.

Here’s to faster cocktails—cheers!

Fig Whiskey Cocktail

Fig Whiskey Cocktail

Yield: 2 drinks


  • 2 heaping tablespoons of fig jam or preserves
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional if jam isn't spiced)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 shots of rye whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 small sprig of lemon balm (can substitute fresh thyme)


  1. Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain and divide between two glasses. Serve immediately.