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Fig Dark and Stormy. Sweet fig preserves, a generous shot of rum, a squeeze of lemon, and a splash of spicy ginger beer. This fig dark and stormy is the simplest cocktail to make, but so delicious. Think sweet, citrusy, and warming. The perfect cocktail to cozy up to and welcome the start of autumn and the cooler days ahead.

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Hey, hi and happy Saturday!

I am so excited. Today is the official start of cocktail Saturday. From now until the new year we’ll be sharing a new cocktail leading up to the holidays. This is crazy, but this will be our 3rd year doing our “Cocktail Saturday” series. Fingers crossed that it’s our best year yet. I have SO much fun with these recipes because I feel like I have all the freedom in the world to get creative with these drinks. Drinks are semi-new territory for me, so I have so many fun ideas for them.

I wanted to kick things off with a super easy and really autumnal drink. Enter this fresh fig dark and stormy.

I first had a Dark and Stormy while on our family vacation to Costa Rica over the summer. My brother Malachi ordered one while out to dinner and said that I had to try it. I hesitated because I’m oddly not a big drinker, but decided I should give it a try.

Oh my gosh. SO GOOD.

And it’s 100% because of the ginger beer. After a little research, I realized a dark and stormy is made up of three very simple ingredients, rum, lime juice, and ginger beer. The key? High-quality rum and really good ginger beer.

Of course, I wanted to give this classic cocktail my own twist, and of course, it needed to be perfectly fitting for fall. With fresh figs currently in season, I couldn’t resist creating a very “figgy” dark and stormy.

And you know what? It’s insanely good.

raw figs

Here are the very quick and simple details.

Start with good fig preserves, rum, and lemon juice. I always buy fig preserves in the cheese section at Whole Foods. This is the exact brand I buy and I LOVE it so much. For the rum, I stay true to the classic Dark and Stormy recipe and use Goslings Dark Rum.

Here are the details on how to make this drink…they’re pretty simple.

Shake the fig preserves, rum, and lemon juice together, then strain into a glass filled with ice.

Now, my favorite part, the ginger beer. If you didn’t know, I LOVE ginger beer and use it for topping almost all my cocktails. It adds a spicy ginger kick, as well as a subtle sweetness, that makes every cocktail just perfect. I typically use a local Colorado ginger beer but sometimes I’ll use Goslings Ginger beer too. Just find one you really love.

Finally, finish with fresh figs and thyme.

Easy, but GOOD! The figs add such a nice sweetness and really give this cocktail a great autumn feel. I could not think of a better drink for these golden September days. So find some figs, and enjoy this drink all September long. And hurry, because fig season is short.

Looking for an apple Autumn drink…try this Poison Apple Martini!

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If you make this Fig Dark and Stormy be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Fig Dark and Stormy

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 makes drink
Calories Per Serving: 56 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1 tablespoon fig preserves
  • 2 ounces dark rum (or bourbon)
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • fresh figs and thyme, for serving


  • 1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the fig preserves, bourbon, and lemon juice. Shake to combine.
    2. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with fresh figs and thyme. DRINK! 
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  1. Hi! I have been looking for glasses like these everywhere! Where are they from? I will be making this recipe this weekend 🙂

    1. Hey Sara,
      So sorry, these glasses are old from Anthropologie, I no longer have a link. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    This was really delicious! My first mixed drink and I thought it was great! We reduced the rum content and didn’t think it was overpowering or too strong. It tasted like a great fall/winter drink. Yum!

    1. Hey Felishia,
      Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!?? xTieghan

    1. Hey Shazia,
      Sure you could totally do that! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        I couldn’t find fig preserves so I used peach vanilla nutmeg jam instead. It turned out delicious! More of a spiced peach dark n stormy. So yummy!

    1. Hey Sara,
      I would just omit the rum. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. 4 stars
    Love the glasses (and the dark and stormy cocktail which I’ll be trying). Can you tell me where you got the glasses from?


    1. Hello Jo! The glasses are from Anthropologie. Hope you get to enjoy this cocktail in the glasses!

  4. 5 stars
    Perfect fall transition cocktail! Thanks again for such a yummy drink that makes me look like a much better host than I am!

  5. 5 stars
    I accidentally (not paying attention) used a chili fig jam instead of fig preserve… Yowza. Had quite the kick, but boy was it good!

  6. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan! I have been eyeballing a jar of fig and ginger jam at a local fruit farm. Definitely will be picking up that jar and making this intriguing cocktail! I think this will be the cocktail I serve at Thanksgiving with appetizers! Is it weird I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving?!?!?

  7. It’s still 90+ degrees here in Tennessee and we’ll be wearing shorts and sandals till November, but I am so booking marking this. I enjoy a good Dark & Stormy, but the fig part is what pricked up my ears! And that Dalmatia Fig spread is the best of the best. Can’t wait for autumn—it’s the best time of year in the South!