Fig Leaf Syrup

Fig Leaves have a surprisingly unique flavor that makes the most delicious Fig Leaf Syrup! This syrup can be used for cocktails, soda, tea, and more!

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fig leaf syrup in a flip top bottle and fig leaves

The inspiration for this Fig Leaf Syrup came from a visit to a local pizza parlor that is sadly no longer in business. Along with delicious pizza on the menu, there was a Fig Leaf Soda. It sounded so interesting and unique I knew I had to try it. Once I took the first sip I was hooked and immediately knew I wanted to make this concoction at home.

Are Fig Leaves Edible?

Yes, fig leaves are edible and generally used for steaming, baking, or grilling. Dried fig leaves can be boiled for making tea. They make a great wrap for steamed fish or rice and vegetables and can also be added to stews or soups as a spinach alternative.

The fig leaf sap (the milky white substance in the stems when cut) can be an irritant so make sure you wash the leaves thoroughly, remove the stem, and wash your hands.

fresh fig leaves on a table

What do Fig Leaves Taste Like?

The flavor you get from fig leaves can be described as a vanilla, coconut, and slightly nutty flavor. Make sure you use bright green, healthy leaves. The older ones on a tree become too fibrous and bland and will not get the same flavor results.

Are Fig Leaves Good for you?

Fig leaves have vitamins A, B1, and B2. They also contain potassium, sodium, manganese, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. It has been said that there are health benefits from consuming fig leaves and drinking fig leaf tea, but of course, consult a professional if you want specifics.

How to Make Fig Leaf Syrup

  • Place the water, sugar, and fig leaves in a medium saucepan over med-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and boil for 2-3 minutes.
fig leaves and sugar in a saucepan
  • Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool and steep for about an hour. Remove the leaves and place the syrup in a sealable bottle or container. Store in the fridge, the syrup will last for up to two weeks.
fig leaf syrup in a flip top bottle

Can You Freeze Fig Leaves?

Yes, you can freeze fig leaves. They need to be blanched first so that they retain their shape and flavor. Layer them with wax paper or parchment paper in between each leaf and lay them flat in the freezer in a freezer-safe sealable bag or container. They will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months.

What to Use this Fig Leaf Syrup For

  • You can use this syrup in cocktails like my Fig Leaf Cocktail (shown below).
  • Add this syrup to iced tea as a sweetner and for a flavor boost.
  • Add to sparkling water for a delicious and sweet soda.
  • Pour in your morning coffee for a special treat.
fig syrup cocktail in a coupe glass
Fig Leaf Syrup Cocktail

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fig leaf syrup in a flip top bottle

Fig Leaf Syrup

Fig Leaves have a surprisingly unique flavor that makes the most delicious Fig Leaf Syrup! This syrup can be used for cocktails, soda, tea, and more!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cool and Steep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 47kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • medium saucepan
  • sealable bottle or container

Ingredients

  • 3-4 fresh fig leafs
  • 2 cups water
  • cup sugar

Instructions

  • Place the water, sugar, and fig leaves in a medium saucepan over med-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool and steep for about an hour. Remove the leaves and place the syrup in a sealable bottle or container. Store in the fridge, the syrup will last for up to two weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.5g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 12.5g | Calcium: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Fig Leaf Syrup
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